Darvish to start Game 3 for Dodgers in NLDS

Frederick Owens
October 8, 2017

Greinke started the NL wild-card game for the Diamondbacks and was knocked out in the fourth inning.

Overall Kershaw went 6.1 innings, giving up five hits-four of them solo homers-while striking out seven.

In terms of head-to-head meetings in 2017, Kershaw went 2-0 with a ridiculous 0.59 ERA and 0.59 WHIP in two starts against the D-Backs this year (both starts came pre-injury), while Walker made three starts against the Dodgers, going 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 17 punchouts in 16.2 innings. That wouldn't be the case Friday, mostly because giving three-time Cy Young victor Clayton Kershaw that kind of cushion isn't the recipe for success. The action continues with Game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Despite the four home runs allowed, Kershaw earned his first ever postseason victory at Dodger Stadium in his career, spanning over 19 playoff starts. Walker has a 2.92 ERA in 86 1/3 road innings this season.

"I see my teammates so excited on the bench", Puig said, laughing.

In the top of the first inning, Puig chose to lick his baseball bat, for some reason.

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Now they have Ray going in Game 2 on more-or-less regular rest.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after Friday's win that neither injury has been an issue recently, despite the increase in long balls Kershaw has allowed. No one should blame Lovullo, because winning the elimination game there is the most important thing.

And in the seventh, Arizona continued to rake, getting back-to-back bombs from Ketel Marte and Jeff Mathis off of Kershaw-bringing the D-Backs to within three. He's given up eight runs over 31-2/3 innings in those starts, five of which came in an April 22 outing for which he recorded the win anyway. Before the game started, fans packed Dodger Stadium as the team started its postseason run.

"No regrets whatsoever", he said. "He never got into a rhythm". "They've got great pitching, great hitting, defense, base running - they do it all".

The Dodgers got production from the top of their lineup, as Chris Taylor reached base twice (single, walk) and scored twice, and Corey Seager reached base three times (walk, single and triple), scored three times and drove in two.

Turner now shares the Dodgers record for RBIs in a postseason game with Pedro Guerrero, who had five in the 1981 World Series, and Davey Lopes, who did it in the 1978 World Series.

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