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Dodgers Take Care of Business, Complete Sweep

Dodgers Take Care of Business, Complete Sweep”

Rizzo blooped a tiebreaking single into left field with two outs in the eighth and the Cubs overcame Max Scherzer's brilliant performance to beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 on Monday for a 2-1 lead in their NL Division Series.

That 1-16 stretch the Dodgers endured in late August and September, the one that came out of nowhere when they were 55 games above.500 and ended any talk of them being remembered as one of the greatest teams in history, now looks like an aberration - albeit one that lasted almost three weeks and forced some serious introspection as the playoffs loomed.

The Dodgers struck for a run in the first inning.

"I've been in the bullpen a couple of times, just in case", he said, referring to the Wild Card game and division series, "so it's a little hard trying to find when to throw, when not to throw but I've been able to throw a couple of times (in the bullpen); got to throw the last day in L.A., so I'm fresh, ready to go and excited to get the ball". Kenley Jansen worked around a single by David Peralta for a three-out save, striking out Paul Goldschmidt to end it. With AP Photos.Arizona's season ended in a 3-1 defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 of an NL Division Series.

Daniel Descalso broke Darvish's shutout with a two-out homer in the fifth inning, and Darvish was removed after hitting Christian Walker in the helmet leading off the sixth. It was a nice bounce-back for Arizona's star after going 0-for-4 in Game 1.

"At the end of the day we won 104 games, the most of any Dodgers team in L.A.", Wood said. It was station-to-station baseball, and it was deployed perfectly to give the Dodgers an early 1-0 lead. "You look at the small sample of three starts or whatever, but I think progressively it's continued to get better".

And that begins with pitching aggressively. Greinke needed 29 pitches to complete the first inning thanks to a 10-pitch plate appearance by Yasiel Puig. He gave up a leadoff double to Chris Taylor in the first inning, then walked Corey Seager. Darvish has a 2.44 ERA in 92 1/3 road innings this year. A ground out by Utley advanced Hernández to third base. Los Angeles also kept Kyle Farmer as a third catcher behind Yasmani Grandal and Austin Barnes.

Finally, in his sixth big-league season, Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin will make his postseason debut.

From there Greinke walked a batter in the following three innings. On Greinke's second pitch of the sixth, he served up an 89 miles per hour fastball that Barnes lined 398 feet to leftfield, restoring their two-run lead.

Darvish, acquired from Texas in a trade deadline deal, struck out seven over five innings to outpitch Arizona's Zack Greinke and earn the righty his first postseason victory in three tries. We love it when Zack pitches.



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