How could this 2017 team, which just steamrolled the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-game sweep of the Division Series, have looked so bad in losing 15 of 16 games less than two months ago?
In the other NL game, the Washington Nationals rallied with five in the eighth to beat the Chicago Cubs 6-3 and even the series at 1-1.
"You kind of get the sense we're back in June or July", said starting pitcher Alex Wood, referring to the stretch when the Dodgers were at their best, going 41-10 in those two months and building a division lead that reached 21 games by late August. It wasn't the last time Bellinger would make his presence known, as he was involved in a couple brilliant defensive plays, and the solo home run gave them some welcome insurance. Jimmy Sherfy took over for Ray in the fifth and gave up hits to the first four batters he faced (along with two stolen bases), resulting in four more runs scoring and the Dodgers effectively putting the game away. Peralta's one-out ninth-inning single off Jansen was the only baserunner they allowed while striking out four. I don't know what my colleagues had in mind, but my slice of boldness was that the Arizona Diamondbacks would upset the Los Angeles Dodgers in their divisional series.
Daniel Descalso broke Darvish's shutout with a two-out homer in the fifth inning, and Darvish was removed after hitting Christian Walker in the helmet leading off the sixth. The Dodgers have a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-five divisional round following an 8-5 win over Arizona Saturday night. The younger Bellinger put the Dodgers on the board in the first with an RBI groundout that brought in Chris Taylor, who'd ripped a 109 miles per hour leadoff double off Greinke. He threw 71 pitches through three innings, and 88 through four.
Maybe the Snakes were more anxious about random Dodgers fan trying their luck.
And that begins with pitching aggressively.
The Dodgers took the early lead in the first inning after Chris Taylor set the tone with a leadoff double.
The 33-year-old righty burned another 25 pitches in the second inning, thanks in part to an eight-pitch walk by Chase Utley and a pesky six-pitch at-bat by Darvish, who struck out. He struggled with his command, walking a season-high five and throwing 103 pitches through five innings. Austin Barnes went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, a stolen base two runs and two RBIs. Neither Zack Greinke (3.2 innings), Robbie Ray (4.1) nor Taijuan Walker (1.0) was able to complete five innings and therefore put themselves in position to win. On Greinke's second pitch of the sixth, he served up an 89 miles per hour fastball that Barnes lined 398 feet to leftfield, restoring their two-run lead. We love it when Zack pitches.