This time, he couldn't even keep the ball in the yard. But the Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman is putting together some impressive postseason numbers.
The Los Angeles Dodgers got a good start on a fresh fall tale Friday, riding a Justin Turner-led four-run first inning to back Clayton Kershaw in his mixed-bag of an outing. He improved to 5-7 in the playoffs. At times it did look dominant, mostly because Kershaw looked a bit more like his All-Star self than the version that returned from the disabled list late in the season. "When you have a lead like that, it's about attacking guys, not giving up free bases". It's what happened after that where I think it got a little wobbly for (Walker).
Kershaw (1-0) gave up just five hits in 6 1/3 innings, but four of the hits were solo home runs. Three of the first four batters swung at the first pitch Kershaw threw. "So they hit some good pitches".
"I'm just kind of doing what's asked of me at this point", Ray said. You're not going to outthink them, you're not going to out this-or-that. "Obviously a frustrating way to end it, but thankfully we had a big lead".
The Arizona Republic reported that Ray claimed to be ready to pitch Game 2, if needed. Cody Bellinger followed Turner's homer with a single and scored on Yasiel Puig's double.
Can Dodgers win again? Playing from behind all night, Arizona couldn't catch up. A Game 1 loss would surely have spurred the Cassandras of the L.A. baseball world to scream in unison. "We're built for moments like this, and it's only one game". Ray had to come on in relief after ace Zack Greinke couldn't get through four innings against the Rockies. They won an MLB-high 104 games this season, the most since the storied franchise moved west from Brooklyn. He added a run-scoring single in the fourth inning and another in the eighth.
After promoting him for the final series of the regular season, the Dodgers opted against including Tim Locastro on the playoff roster just to pinch-run. He came out for the seventh despite a career 23.82 postseason ERA in that frame. Kenley gave up an unearned run, which led the game culminating in a 9-5 Dodger victory.
It's great to hit home runs off of Kershaw, but he is more than willing to give up runs that way rather than a crooked number from a string of singles an offense puts together against him.
"He's an elite pitcher and we knew we were going to have to rise up to this challenge", Lovullo said.
The Diamondbacks still won't lack for confidence against the mighty Dodgers.
In under six hours, bitter rivals will face off in game one of a possible five game journey. The Wild Horse smoked a triple down the left field line and turned an easy double into a triple, wagging his tongue at his teammates after his head first slide into third! "Maybe ice cream in front of me".
Turner finished the game with five RBI, tying a Dodgers postseason record shared by Pedro Guerrero and Davey Lopes.
Vin Scully attended the Dodgers' first postseason game since their Hall of Fame announcer retired.