Darvish to start Game 3 for Dodgers in NLDS

Archie Bradley

Archie Bradley

What: The Arizona Diamondbacks take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLDS.

Friday night at Dodger Stadium provided quite the theater, with the Los Angeles Dodgers prevailing over the Arizona Diamondbacks, 9-5. But if Ray (15-5, 2.89 in 28 starts this year) is feeling as good as he said he is, it's bad news for the Dodgers.

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo did everything he could in order to win the NL Wild Card over the Rockies on Wednesday night, including throwing his No. 2 starter, Robbie Ray, 2 1/3 innings in relief.

"My arm feels great and ready to go", Ray said. He is 0-3 with a 5.03 ERA in four starts this season and 1-5 with a 4.78 ERA in nine career starts against them. The Dodgers ten iced this one with a two-spot in the eighth inning. Since he's been back he has continued to get better.

For three mysterious weeks this season, everyone in the baseball universe puzzled over the struggles of the seemingly invincible Dodgers.

But this is the postseason and after years of October disappointment, there is a ton of pressure on the Dodgers to win the World Series.

The national anthem will be sung by Elliott Yamin, the third-place finisher in the 2006 season of "American Idol".

Vin Scully attended the Dodgers' first postseason game since their Hall of Fame announcer retired.

While the Diamondbacks can take a minor consolation in reaching Kershaw for four homers, Lovullo make the point to Call to the Pen that his team is tough and will respond. Taijuan, he's pitched well against us.

"He's the glue to this club" said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts on Turner's game one performance.

Kershaw has still yet to master how to extend his dominant regular season starts into the postseason, but his teammates had his back in Game 1, making sure it didn't matter. In addition to the three-run home run to Turner, Walker allowed another single and then a double by Puig to widen the Dodgers' advantage to 4-0. "When you have a lead like that, it's about attacking guys".

"There's familiarity, but I think there's hopefully a lot of respect", Goldschmidt said. As for the offense in the game one loss, J.D. Martinez had three hits and one RBI while Ketel Marte and Jeff Mathis combined for three runs and three hits.

Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times tweeted after the game that Yasiel Puig told reporters he imagined a bowl of ice cream was in front of him when he slid into third!

Walker finished the first frame with 48 pitches and was replaced by Zack Godley before the start of the second.

"He's just got an easy approach", Lovullo said. Walker was pulled after just one inning of work, allowing four runs.

The Dodgers added three runs in the fourth. Turner singled in Taylor, who walked. As the ball left his bat, Puig posed at home plate for a moment and flipped his bat away, even though the low line drive had no chance of leaving the yard. Turner followed with a single, driving in Seager. The red-bearded slugger tied a Dodgers record for most RBIs in a postseason game, sharing it with Pedro Guerrero and Davey Lopes. The only two starters who did not get a hit were Catcher Yasmani Grandal and Leftfielder Curtis Granderson, each were hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts.

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