Arizona Diamondbacks Confident As They Begin NLDS Against Dodgers

As the team takes the field against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, D-Backs fans are gathering to watch the game across the valley.

The D-backs offense is also clicking on all cylinders after putting up 11 runs during Wednesday's Wild Card game, but they have to face Clayton Kershaw in game one. The Dodgers are 1-4 in Hills last 5 starts vs. Diamondbacks, the Diamondbacks are 10-27 in the last 37 meetings in Los Angeles and the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The Dodgers are 19-7 in their last 26 Saturday games, 47-18 in their last 65 home games and 8-0 in Hills last 8 Saturday starts. There will be a day off Sunday as the teams head to Phoenix, so Greinke will have his usual four days of rest between starts.

Another note about Kershaw's outing: no other pitcher has given up four home runs in a single postseason game against a National League team.

Kershaw allowed four homers. "It's going to be a great challenge", he said. Martinez has been a home run machine.

Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts certainly enjoyed it, impressed by Turner's ability to slow the game down in high pressure situations. The only two starters who did not get a hit were Catcher Yasmani Grandal and Leftfielder Curtis Granderson, each were hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts. Sure enough, he gave up back-to-back rockets into the left-field seats to Adam Rosales and Ketel Marte.

Archie Bradley
Archie Bradley let loose after hitting the first postseason triple by a relief pitcher |

Turner added an RBI single in the fourth and another in the eighth.

The Diamondbacks came out swinging to start the game. There was awesome baserunning by Cody Bellinger, Taylor, Turner, and then that insane tongue-wagging triple in the bottom of 7 by Yasiel Puig.

"Forty-eight pitches (in) one inning is a lot for any pitcher to absorb", Lovullo said. "They hit a couple of mistakes and unfortunately, we never got grounded". In the Diamondbacks loss, the pitching staff allowed nine runs and 12 hits, which means Arizona has given up a combined 17 runs and 25 hits in its first two preseason games overall. Kenley gave up an unearned run, which led the game culminating in a 9-5 Dodger victory.

Turner's five RBIs tied the Dodgers' postseason record, set by Davey Lopes in the 1978 World Series and tied three years later by Pedro Guerrero in that season's Fall Classic. Afterward, the long-ball barrage was mostly shrugged off by the Dodgers in the afterglow of their win.

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