Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. Arizona Diamondbacks RECAP, Score And Stats Game 3

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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks RECAP, score and stats Game 3

The Los Angeles Dodgers, leading 2-0, in the best of five series, met the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 3 of the Major League Baseball National League Division Series at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, on Monday, October 9, 2017 (10/9/17).

Here's the AP recap:

PHOENIX (AP) -- Led by a big Japanese right-hander and a rookie from just down the road, the Los Angeles Dodgers are headed back to the NL Championship Series.

Cody Bellinger homered, drove in two runs and flipped over a dugout railing to steal an out for a dominant Yu Darvish, helping the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 Monday night to finish a three-game sweep in their NL Division Series.

"We have a great team," said Bellinger, a rookie from nearby Chandler, Arizona. "And to come here and sweep them, beat them on their home turf is hard to do and pretty special."

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.

"Yu's one of the best pitchers in the world," said Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes, who also homered. "When he's on his game, it's tough for any lineup."

Four Los Angeles relievers combined to preserve a three-hitter. Kenley Jansen worked around a single by David Peralta for a three-out save, striking out Paul Goldschmidt to end it. Only four batters reached base all night for the Diamondbacks, including Daniel Descalso with a homer.

"It was about finishing them off," Darvish said, "because momentum can go their way."

The Dodgers, who won 104 games for the best record in baseball and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, face the winner of the Nationals-Cubs series in the NLCS. Los Angeles fell there to World Series champion Chicago last year.

The Dodgers confined most of their celebration to the clubhouse, never making a move for the pool beyond the outfield wall. Los Angeles distressed the locals by taking a dip there after clinching the NL West in 2013, but for this party, police officers on horses waited at the warning track to keep the Dodgers away.

That was fine by the Dodgers. This wasn't the bash they're after, anyway.

"Being around this team for long enough, this is where we expect to be," ace Clayton Kershaw said. "We are fortunate enough to be in a big market, have a big payroll, have a lot of good players, a lot of talent. They did a great job of putting this team together. They expect us to be here and we expect us to be here, too."

Bellinger hit his homer in the fifth, then made a daring catch to end the bottom of the inning. The rookie first baseman fell into the Dodgers dugout as he snagged Jeff Mathis' popup, nearly dropping into the lap of manager Dave Roberts.

"I should have been a little quicker to save him," Roberts said, "but that was a heck of a play."

The 22-year-old Bellinger is the youngest Dodger ever to homer in the postseason -- he's 75 days younger than Corey Seager was when he set the mark last fall. Bellinger was just 1 for 12 with five strikeouts in his first postseason before hitting Greinke's 3-1 pitch over the wall in left for a 2-0 lead.

Bellinger, who may follow Seager as NL Rookie of the Year, also brought home Chris Taylor with a groundout in the first inning. Barnes chased Greinke with a leadoff homer in the sixth.

After Ketel Marte's first-inning bunt single, Darvish sent down 13 in a row before Descalso hit his second homer of the series. The two-out shot barely cleared the right-field fence over Yasiel Puig's glove to cut the lead to 2-1.

The Dodgers tinkered with Darvish's mechanics after the trade, and he was masterful through most of the night, mixing a 98 mph fastball with his deep repertoire of offspeed pitches. He allowed two hits and didn't walk any over 74 pitches.

"Yu really stepped up," Roberts said. "He was in command from the first pitch."

Darvish left after hitting pinch-hitter Christian Walker in the bill of his helmet to begin the sixth.

Greinke -- the ex-Dodger signed to a $206.5 million, six-year contract by Arizona before the 2016 season -- gave up three runs and four hits in five-plus innings. He struggled with his command, walking a season-high five and throwing 103 pitches through five innings. Greinke faced 3-2 counts against five of his first eight batters and was at 54 pitches through two innings.

"They're ready to hit, which is tough, but they're not chasing the pitch you want them to chase," Greinke said. "That's kind of what they do best. They did that the whole series."

Arizona won its last six regular-season games against the Dodgers, but Los Angeles dominated its NL West rival when it mattered most, sweeping an opponent in the postseason for the first time since the 2009 NLDS against St. Louis.

It was a tough ending to a big turnaround season for the Diamondbacks, who went from 69-93 in 2016 to 93-69 this year.

"I want to remember how I feel," first-year manager Torey Lovullo said, "because I think it will motivate me, and the pain and frustration that we're all experiencing right now."

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: Open next season at home against Colorado on March 29.

Dodgers: Face either the Washington Nationals or Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series.

Who: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

What: NLDS, Game 3

Where: Chase Field, Phoenix, Ariz.

When: Monday, Oct. 9, 2017

Time: 10 p.m. Eastern

TV: TBS

Livestream: WatchTBS

PHOENIX (AP) -- Zack Greinke left Los Angeles for a big payday in the desert. Now Arizona wants the ex-Dodger to prove his worth.

The Diamondbacks are in dire need of a strong performance from the 17-game winner to help prevent Los Angeles from sweeping them out of their National League Division Series.

Greinke will be on the mound when the best-of-five series shifts to Arizona for Game 3 on Monday night after the Dodgers raked Diamondbacks pitching to take the first two games in Los Angeles.

Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said there's no one he'd rather have there.

"He's fearless. He's on the attack. He understands strengths and limitations," Lovullo said at his Sunday news conference. "So I feel like because he's been our guy all year long and because I know what I know about him, I couldn't think of a better guy to go out and execute tomorrow."

The Dodgers counter with Yu Darvish (10-12, 3.86 ERA), a trade deadline acquisition from Texas.

Darvish made nine starts for Los Angeles, going 4-3 with a 3.44 ERA. The 6-foot-5 Japanese right-hander was at his best at the end, going 2-0 in his final three regular-season starts, giving up just one run in 19 1/3 innings.

"When he's on, he's really good," Lovullo said. "When he's not, he's beatable."

Darvish's second start after the trade was at Arizona, where he went seven innings, allowing two runs and five hits and striking out 10 to get the win in an 8-6 Dodger victory.

He has changed his mechanics since arriving in Los Angeles.

"I think it will benefit me because they haven't seen me pitch the way I do now," Darvish said after the team arrived Sunday night. "How I pitch is different."

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts knows how good Arizona can be at home.

"They kind of swarm you," he said. "Momentum starts going their way and they get really aggressive. They're tough."

The Diamondbacks were 52-29 at home this season, and Greinke was particularly sharp there. The right-hander was 13-1 in 18 starts at Chase Field with a 2.76 ERA, 131 strikeouts and 23 walks.

But his latest outing there, in the NL wild-card game last Wednesday, was far from his best. After three scoreless innings, the Rockies rang up four runs and Greinke never made it out of the fourth.

The Dodgers battered Arizona for 17 runs and 24 hits in the series' first two games.

"They wait for pitches to hit and then it's an ideal way of hitting," Greinke said. "You just look for a pitch to hit. If you get it, you hit it as hard as you can. ... I mean, it's pretty simple, but it's harder to do than it sounds."

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.

Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner are leading the Dodgers postseason offensive surge.

Puig, in the eighth spot of the batting order, is 5 for 9, including a double and triple, and has driven in four. Turner is 4 for 8 with a home run and five RBIs.

The Diamondbacks will welcome a loud, friendly crowd after the hostility of Dodger Stadium. The Chase Field throng was exceptionally boisterous in Arizona's 11-8 wild-card win over Colorado.

Arizona was 6-3 at home against the Dodgers, including a three-game sweep in September. But the Diamondbacks didn't resemble that team in the first two NLDS games.

If there is a Game 4, Lovullo said, lefty Patrick Corbin will get the start. That, of course, is meaningless unless Arizona wins Monday.

"We can't get too far ahead of ourselves," said the Diamondbacks' Daniel Descalso, a veteran of 47 playoff games. "Right now we have to win tomorrow. That's all that matters to us. We have Zack on the mound. We love it when Zack pitches. He's our stopper. He's our ace."

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Source : http://www.nj.com/sports/index.ssf/2017/10/los_angeles_dodgers_vs_arizona_diamondbacks_live_s.html

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