Dodgers Sweep D-backs in NLDS

Dodgers second baseman Logan Forsythe scores on a wild pitch by DBacks pitcher Robbie Ray

Bellinger had himself a great day tonight, seemingly breaking out of his 1-10 NLDS slump by hitting a homer and making a fantastic play on defense to help end the inning.

Through his first two postseason games, Cody Bellinger had shown very little of the form that produced an NL rookie record 39 homers and a.267/.352/.581 line.

Darvish gave up one run and struck out seven in five-plus innings to send the Dodgers to the NLCS against the victor of the Chicago Cubs-Washington Nationals series. Game 2 featured an 8-5 win with Kenta Maeda on the mound, and it was LA's Yu Darvish who captured Game 3 with a final score of 3-1.

The Cleveland Indians will try to eliminate NY at Yankee Stadium in the second game Sunday night.

Bellinger's homer-which made him the youngest Dodger ever to do so in the postseason at 22 years, 88 days, 75 younger than Corey Seager-was just the Dodgers' second of the series, after Justin Turner's three-run shot in Game 1. The Dodgers got to him for a run in the first inning, and kept putting the pressure on in the early innings as Greinke's pitch count mounted.

In came Kenley Jansen, looking to end the series, the Dodgers closer started the inning off by striking out Grégor Blanco.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros clinched their respective Major League Baseball play-off series on Monday. Corbin allowed a combined eight runs (six earned) on 16 hits with five walks in 10.2 innings.


In the second year of a $206.5 million, six-year contract, Greinke was 1-2 with a 3.65 ERA in four starts against Los Angeles this year. He gave up as many as three runs only once. The Cubs lead that series 2-1, with game 4 scheduled for Tuesday in Chicago.

Darvish's fastball averaged about 94 miles per hour this season, the highest of his career, but whether because of the dialed-up October adrenaline or the 14-day layoff he had had between starts, Darvish's heater had some extra giddy-up to it Monday night, sitting at 96 and touching 98. He got three swinging strikes.

And that begins with pitching aggressively. The left-hander walked three of the first seven Dodgers hitters he faced and a wild pitch led to Yasiel Puig driving in Los Angeles' first run. Darvish has a 2.44 ERA in 92 1/3 road innings this year.

Ray escaped trouble in the third inning, despite continuing with his control issues.

Greinke walked five in the first three innings, his season high.

"Yu's one of the best pitchers in the world", said Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes, who also homered.

Finally, in his sixth big-league season, Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin will make his postseason debut. On Monday, his bold philosophies were on full display, beginning with a seemingly controversial lifting of Darvish after he hit pinch-hitter Christian Walker in the helmet to lead off the sixth. "We have that focus again, every single player, on every single pitch".

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