Publicado: Lun, Octubre 09, 2017
Salud | By Gezane Tiscareno

Dodgers take control, Nationals level series

Dodgers take control, Nationals level series

He improved to 5-7 in the playoffs.

It was there, at Dallas' Highland Park High School, that Kershaw staked his claim as the country's best prep baseball player. Manager Dave Roberts has already gone on record saying the Dodgers will start Rich Hill, Yu Darvish, and Alex Wood the next three times out. Yet the 37-year-old lefty showed a tendency to struggle in the first inning, yielding a 6.12 ERA in his 25 opening frames, tied for the league's sixth-worst mark. But they didn't just finish over.500; they won 104 games.

Yasiel Puig had fun while Arizona hit some home runs but couldn't do much of anything else.

The Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-5 in Game 1 of the National League Division Series (GameTracker).

"I see my teammates so excited on the bench, and I don't know", Puig explained, laughing.

Lots of heros, lots of drama on Wednesday night, but the Diamondbacks have to turn right back around and head to LA on Thursday in preparation for the series.

The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks, 9-5, after they led, 7-1.

However, Kershaw has experienced his troubles in the postseason - posting a career mark of 4-7 with a 4.55 ERA in 18 games (14 starts). He will be even better in this one.

It messed with it, for sure.

Lovullo used starters Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray in the game, leaving him with Taijuan Walker to start Friday against the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw. J.D. Martinez went 3-for-4 with a solo home run.

Ray (0-1) took the loss, allowing four runs on four hits with four walks and six strike outs in 4 and 1/3 innings. "We just have to continue to put the pressure on them".

No team in the major leagues lost fewer games this season than the Los Angeles Dodgers.

With each game the last three weeks, their streak of 16 losses in 17 games that leaked into early September looks like a blip, not an indicator.

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As the Dodgers have shown all season, their versatility plays.

The Diamondbacks finally found their mojo in the seventh inning with another home run from Brandon Drury, who plated Jake Lamb and Ketel Marte with a first-pitch cutter from Brandon Morrow. With the off day Sunday, and Jansen's well-established multi-inning ability - six of his nine appearances over the past two postseasons have gone for four or more outs - Roberts deployed Jansen with one out in the eighth, the crowd rising to its feet at the first notes of "California Love", Jansen's entrance music. Goldschmidt is an MVP candidate, but an elbow injury affected him down the stretch. His pitch count was good, had only given up two hits, albeit two home runs, and had seven strikeouts. The Diamondbacks belted four homers, but they all were of the solo variety, and had just two at-bats with runners in scoring position. If they draw, then they are more most likely to make it to Russia but if they lose then it gets hairy.

The second game of the series will take place on Saturday night. That's significant because, at long last, he won't be asked to pitch a playoff game on unnaturally short rest.

"I think with the wild-card game, it kind of threw things out of whack a little bit, but that's the format", said reliever Archie Bradley, who struck out Jansen in a rare at-bat for the Dodgers closer.

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