First pitch for Game 2 between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers is scheduled for 6:08 PM PST. That wouldn't be the case Friday, mostly because giving three-time Cy Young victor Clayton Kershaw that kind of cushion isn't the recipe for success.
Robbie Ray was expected to get the start after Zack Greinke was Arizona's starter in the wild-card game on Wednesday. However, he had success against the Dodgers this season, going 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in three starts against Los Angeles.
The Dodgers will counter with left-hander Rich Hill, despite his struggles against Arizona this season and in his career. 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. Paul Goldschmidt, J.D. Martinez and A.J. Pollock can all put a charge into one and leave the park at any time.
Three Dodger relievers limited the Diamondbacks to an unearned run and three hits over the final 2 2/3 innings before a capacity crowd announced at 54,707. But when Ketel Marte and Jeff Mathis hit back-to-back homers with one out in the seventh, cutting the Dodgers' lead to 7-4, Kershaw was finished for the night.
Tonight's #Dbacks lineup for Game 2. Last time he faced them was September 4, when he took a ideal game into the sixth inning and ended with the following line: 7.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 14 K.
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These collections will not be the complete picture as these two months were early transitional phase. While Amit Shah cut short his tour of Kerala, Jaitley returned from Dhaka for the meeting.
"He's called "the Wild Horse" for a reason", said Manager Dave Roberts, who benched Puig twice in September, but now was smiling at his antics.
Kershaw's brilliant career has set a high bar.
All four homers Kershaw gave up were solo shots: A.J. Behind Walker, Zack Godley allowed two runs in five quality innings, but Lovullo told Call to the Pen that the decision to start Walker was the right one. Taijuan Walker labored through a 48-pitch first inning, issuing four hits and two walks as the Dodgers worked up to a four-run lead. Scoring two runs off a Corey Seager triple following a clutch Austin Barnes pinch-hit in the bottom of the 8 inning solidified the lead for good. Then Justin Turner would drive in his fifth run of the night with a single to right-giving the Dodgers a 9-4 lead.
The previous Dodgers to drive in five runs in a postseason game were Davey Lopes in the 1978 World Series and Pedro Guerrero in the 1981 World Series.