The Arizona Diamondbacks hope to tie up this series before going home for game three on Monday.
The margin of error playing against a 104-win Los Angeles Dodgers team starting Clayton Kershaw at home is tiny. The Dodgers pitching staff also held a hot Arizona lineup to just one run in the first five innings, taking the life out of the game early.
The Diamondbacks came out swinging to start the game.
Notes: Lovullo said Diamondbacks coach Ariel Prieto made "an honest mistake" in wearing an Apple Watch in the dugout at Chase Field during Wednesday's wild-card game - seemingly violating an Major League Baseball edict that bans internet-connected devices from dugouts during games.
The Yucaipa native has made three starts in his career at Dodger Stadium, going 2-1 with a 4.20 ERA.
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Turner has reached base safely in 16 of his last 17 postseason games, and is batting.357 with nine runs, six doubles, one triple, three homers and 17 RBI in that span.
"We haven't cracked the code on Robbie Ray", Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts told reporters this week. The right-hander has a 6.52 ERA in 11 career postseason appearances. "Just a lot of fun games this year". Kershaw, who is 2-0 against the Diamondbacks this season, said he knows the team well and they know him well.
All of which is to suggest that Kershaw is not in peak form right now, even if his average fastball velocity (93.2 miles per hour, via Brooks) was in line with his pre-injury rates.
The Dodgers kept 12 pitchers, including eight relievers, at the expense of the speedy Locastro, who could have been a pinch-running specialist.
Lovullo said he had not finalized his decision on who will start Saturday's Game 2, but Ray is a possibility.
On Thursday, Lovullo announced that Taijuan Walker would get the ball for Game 1 on Friday. If the series goes all the way to a Game 5 things will return once again to Dodger Stadium for a victor takes all decider. Well, we had to give something up.
"You want my honest opinion?"
Infielder Chris Owings was another tough omission from Arizona's roster.
Right. Because in October, dominance only lasts as long as your last game.
"This is what we've been waiting for all year", Turner said after the game. Could he have played in this game? (Zack) Godley, Zack (Greinke), obviously has had some success, and Ray has really got the best of us.
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