Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 3-1 to advance to the NLCS


While fans are familiar with the hot bats of Corey Seager, Turner and Cody Bellinger, adding an entire new dynamic only makes those guys that much risky.

The Dodgers' next challenge comes up in NLCS Game 1 against either the Nationals or Cubs: Saturday, time TBD on TBS. But the push by the Dbacks would be short-lived, as Austin Barnes hit a line drive home run the following inning to extend the Dodgers lead to 3-1. The Dodgers in this series looked like the Dodgers of July rather than September, and if Bellinger can provide thump, he'll have stories to tell beyond his experience watching his dad, Clay, a World Series champion with the Yankees. I don't care what the boxscore says when you see they were 0-10 with runners in scoring position. "I came to a lot of these games here as a kid, so it was pretty cool to do that here". The D-Backs jumped out to an early lead with Paul Goldschmidt hitting a two-run homer off Rich Hill in the first inning. Darvish did hang one of those sliders in the fifth to Daniel Descalso, who ripped it over the right-field wall.

"You look at this team from the outside and it's kind of like, let's watch these guys because they're going to keep growing", Martinez said.

Desert baseball is a different animal, all burnt orange and Sedona red, mist machines on the sidewalks along Randy Johnson Way, 84 degrees outside at first pitch, but an air-conditioned 74 inside, even with the retractable roof open and exposing the black sky. "They were pitching to my aggressiveness and I was chasing, so it made total sense".

Houston's Justin Verlander, who was acquired for the playoff run after spending his first 13 seasons in Detroit, gave up a go-ahead homer to Andrew Benintendi - the first batter he faced - before shutting Boston down for the next 2 2/3 innings.The former AL MVP and Cy Young victor earned the victory in his first relief appearance after 424 starts in a major and minor league career.

They'll face either the Nats or the Cubs, depending on the outcome of their NLDS (with Game 4 set for Tuesday night at 5:30 PM ET on TBS), but that'll all get sorted out soon enough. In the third inning, Corey Seager walked ahead of a Justin Turner single.

Manager Dave Roberts spotted the frustration and pulled his first baseman aside to give him a little reminder. "In the box, (he) struggled a bit so far in the postseason, but put a good swing on that 3-1 fastball away".

Rookie Cody Bellinger homered and drove in two runs, Yu Darvish pitched five strong innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers swept their way into the National League Championship Series with a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 3 of the NL Division Series on Monday.

A scary moment came in the sixth inning when Christian Walker was hit by a wild pitch. After A.J. Pollock walked with one out, Goldschmidt crushed an 89 miles per hour fastball that Hill left up and over the middle of the plate, hitting it an estimated 430 feet into the left-field bullpen.

The pitch ended up hitting the barrel of his bat and was challenged by Arizona manager Torey Lovullo, but it was upheld as a foul ball. "I want to remember how I feel, because I think the pain will motivate me".

David Peralta: This is the hard part, because we don't know who's going to be back.

Even as the Dodgers won eight of their final 10 regular-season games - against mostly inferior opponents - they did not make a convincing argument that they were all the way back from their odd, late-season malaise.

In that game, he was unable to get out of the fourth inning and he gave up four earned runs. He struck out four and walked five.