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D'backs look to former Dodger

D'backs look to former Dodger

He provides a right-handed power threat off the Diamondbacks' bench. For the second time in four years, the Arizona Diamondbacks watch on as the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate at Chase Field. This time around, Chase Field came prepared. Or it was, if you want to believe Yasiel Puig, an absolute licking.

The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 3-1 in Game 3 of their series Monday to complete the sweep and advance.

"They may sweep our team, but they can never take our swimming pool!"

That 1-16 stretch the Dodgers endured in late August and September, the one that came out of nowhere when they were 55 games above.500 and ended any talk of them being remembered as one of the greatest teams in history, now looks like an aberration - albeit one that lasted almost three weeks and forced some serious introspection as the playoffs loomed. It was about rediscovering their focus, and bringing back the fun.

In Chicago, reliever Koji Uehara declared himself fit to pitch in the postseason after rejoining the Chicago Cubs for practice ahead of Monday's Game 3 of their National League Divisional Series playoff against the Washington Nationals.

This was a Diamondbacks team that often seemed unsettled and overmatched.

The Diamondbacks' right-hander clearly didn't have his best stuff in Game 3, and he lived on the brink of disaster in the early innings.

No, this was all about Dodgers baseball.

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My reasoning was that Arizona went 11-8 versus the Dodgers during the regular season, scoring 99 runs against that vaunted pitching staff.

Greinke (0-1) allowed four hits and walked five, while striking out four but was forced to throw 105 pitches in just five-plus innings, while Darvish only needed 74 pitches. "We are fortunate enough to be in a big market, have a big payroll, have a lot of good players, a lot of talent". On Monday, his bold philosophies were on full display, beginning with a seemingly controversial lifting of Darvish after he hit pinch-hitter Christian Walker in the helmet to lead off the sixth. Robbie Ray gave up four earned runs in 4 1/3 innings to take the loss. Roberts instead went with Farmer, who played in only 20 games for Los Angeles this season, and veteran Andre Ethier. But moved into a relief role during the postseason, he has shined, and he recorded a third scoreless appearance by retiring the side, setting up Jansen's three-out save.

"I must be one of the most playoff-experienced guys without any World Series experience", said Ethier, 35. Their starting pitchers outpitched their opponent in each game, their bullpen secured critical outs with minimal drama, and their offense was back to being the relentless, powerful, wear-the-pitcher down unit it was at its midsummer peak.

In three postseason games, D-backs starters have combined to throw nine innings.

"They're really deep, top through bottom".

How bad was it here? Following Utley's ground out Arizona replaced De La Rosa with RHP David Hernandez.

The Dodgers now proceed toward what they hope will be the valley of the shadow of history.


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