Clayton Kershaw - who didn't even need to pitch in relief in this particular NLDS after his memorable turn past year against the Nationals - can start the NLCS opener Saturday on seven days' rest, with Rich Hill, Darvish and Alex Wood all well-rested and ready to take their turn.
The Dodgers' next challenge comes up in NLCS Game 1 against either the Nationals or Cubs: Saturday, time TBD on TBS. They'll await the victor of the Cubs-Nationals series in their attempt to reach the World Series for the first time since 1988.
Ray had been outstanding in five regular-season starts against the Dodgers, but he struggled mightily with his control from the first inning. He gave up two earned runs on five hits with 10 strikeouts and two walks over five innings in a win over Arizona earlier this season. Lovullo admitted he didn't think the Dodgers played their best ball.
He did so on Monday night as the series shifted to Arizona-his home turf, as he grew up in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler, the son of former Yankees utilityman Clay Bellinger, now a firefighter and his son's Home Run Derby pitcher. With two outs in the fifth, Bellinger got ahead 3-0, took a borderline inside fastball, then launched a changeup that caught too much of the plate for a 416-foot drive to left centerfield, extending the Dodgers' lead to 2-0.
However the Dodgers got the run right back, a lead off home run by Barnes made it a 3-2 game. Curtis Granderson entered as a pinch-hitter for the Dodgers and went 1-for-2 with a run scored. A ground out by Utley advanced Hernández to third base.
Meanwhile, his counterpart, Yu Darvish, was absolutely filthy through the first four innings for the Dodgers. Still, he struck out 208 hitters, and largely stayed healthy. While Greinke slogged through five-plus frames, Darvish whizzed through his.
Darvish was good, lasting five innings and giving up just the one run.
Darvish's fastball averaged about 94 miles per hour this season, the highest of his career, but whether because of the dialed-up October adrenaline or the 14-day layoff he had between starts, Darvish's heater had some extra giddy-up to it Monday night, sitting at 96 and touching 98. Via Brooks Baseball, he threw six different types of pitches, but just one curve and one changeup. The Dodgers grinded out five walks from Greinke and made him throw 105 pitches in 5+ innings.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks were feeling salty after being swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but things were taken to a whole new level after the final out was record during Kenley Jansen's save appearance in the 9th.
Hoping for a similar outing as game one, Indians starter Trevor Bauer flopped on three days' rest Monday, lasting just 1.2 innings.
It turned out that the cushion came in handy, thanks to a three-run pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning by Arizona's Brandon Drury that silenced - at least momentarily - a blue towel-waving sellout crowd.
After the HR, he tossed 2.2 scoreless innings but that one pitch almost cost the Astros the game.
Before the Walker hit-by-pitch, it appeared Greinke would break first.
After Ketel Marte's first-inning bunt single, Darvish sent down 13 in a row before Descalso hit his second homer of the series.
The Diamondbacks had runners reach base in the first, sixth, and ninth innings, but could not bring in any runs. On the first batter he faced with an inherited runner on first, Verlander allowed a two-run homer to Andrew Benintendi, surrendering the lead and putting the Astros' postseason life at risk.