J.D. Martinez went 3-for-4 with a solo home run. Morrow had not given up a homer in the regular season. This time, both of his runs came in the first inning when Paul Goldschmidt engineered a two-run homer. Puig added a bloop single to right-center and the bases were loaded for pinch-hitter Kyle Farmer. If not, however, the Dodgers will be looking at their second NLCS appearance since 2016 and fifth since 2008. "Just everyone's been good this year, and I think this is the year", one fan said. So some blame should go to him.
Here are three takeaways from the Dodgers' Game 2 victory. "The series is not over". He has a sparkling 1.86 ERA in 87 road innings this season.
"I think they have a great lineup", said Hill, who was 12-8 with a 3.32 ERA in 25 starts overall this season. The leadership vacancy was pronounced enough for Jansen to become the rare reliever to serve as the team's de facto spokesman. And he lived up to that as well. But it's at the top of my list. There are reasons to be optimistic.
Who are the Dodgers? Fatigue plays a huge factor, especially when coming off a back injury. Not really. I just didn't have much left.
The Dodgers' pitchers have been great all season along with their formidable bullpen. "Playoff Kershaw" is literally "Seventh Inning Kershaw". Arizona's ace only lasted 3.2 innings against the Rockies. "When you acquire a guy like Yu Darvish (the Game 3 starter) and you have Alex Wood have the season that he's had, that's why you do things like that". As for Puig, he has five hits, four RBI and an uncountable number of tongue-wags, bat-licks and obscure celebratory gestures in just two games.
But at other times his outsized personality is refreshing and different, just what a team needs to break up the drudgery when he walks in and stars tossing around playful insults in two languages.
The Diamondbacks' $206.5 million man can redeem himself against his former team after his stinker in the Wildcard Game last week. If they manage to stun the Dodgers with three straight wins, it'll be the first time they've advanced to the Championship Series since 2007. "It's always good to have a couple of days off. By tonight we were ready to go". Pull him now right? "So Puig's kind of our guy on the opposite end of the spectrum ..." He figured in four separate Dodger rallies and changed the course of a potential one by Arizona. Turner followed with a single, driving in Seager. He also left four runners on base.
The Diamondbacks actually finished with a better record than the defending World Series champions Chicago Cubs. "I don't know if it was an eight, nine, pitch at-bat, but we ended up scoring a run on a wild pitch", said Roberts of Farmer's at-bat against Ray. Plus, Clayton Kershaw, his mound opponent, was out to exorcised demons of past post-seasons. "They weren't swinging at the low ones this time". He allowed four runs on four hits and two walks (one was intentional). So it's about trying to use this off day now the best we can to get healthy. It was exciting, hearing the crowd roar. It's like chess with humans. First time in the big leagues. Locastro said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts informed him of the decision Thursday night.
The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Maury Wills, the 1962 National League MVP when he set a since-broken record with 104 stolen bases and a member of the Dodgers World Series-winning teams in 1959, 1963 and 1965.