Dodgers advance to NLCS with sweep of Diamondbacks

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The two-run deficit for most of the next five didn't either.

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke does long throws during practice prior to Game 3 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Phoenix. That alone felt like a victory.

"At the end of the day we won 104 games, the most of any Dodgers team in L.A.", Wood said. After he struck out the side in the fourth, ending it with a nasty, 96-mph sinker to whiff Arizona slugger J.D. Martinez, Darvish came off the mound howling and fist-pumping.

It could have been a moment in the game to inspire hope. We like Arizona to win at Chase Field tonight. The D-Backs were not happy about that at all, with utility infielder Willie Bloomquist famously saying, "I would expect someone to act with a little more class". Their bullpen did a great job, they stepped it up. I just think he was maybe trying too hard. Los Angeles had several problems versus Arizona that I thought would carry over into the postseason, but thankfully they proved me wrong. "I mean, it's not really turning it on when you bloop one in there, you know what I mean?"

That about said it all.

The Dodgers clinched the best-of-five divisional series in three games. "Lets celebrate, enjoy it" said Roberts. and celebrate they did.

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His departure came suddenly.

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. But despite walking five hitters and needing 88 pitches to get through the first four innings, he kept the score at 1-0. "That won't happen", Roberts told USA Today. He entered Game 3 only 1 for 10 in the postseason, with six strikeouts.

Yu Darvish (10-12, 3.86 ERA) will draw the start for Los Angeles, while the D-backs counter with Zack Greinke (17-7, 3.20). "When we're seeing a lot of pitches and taking walks and getting guys on base, that's when we're at our best". The right-hander allowed just two hits on the night and didn't issue a walk. The Dodgers didn't chase one pitch outside the zone until Greinke struck out Darvish in the second frame.

Bellinger drove in the Dodgers' first run with a ground out in the first inning, then added a solo home run in the fifth. "That's one thing that sticks out", catcher Jeff Mathis said of Greinke's rough start. Fittingly, Jansen struck out Paul Goldschmidt, the Dodgers' top nemesis, on a 95 miles per hour cutter outside to end the game and the series. "I respect the hell out of it". Through four innings he allowed just two hits and no runs.

What are you gonna do? He played good defense in both games as well, but he'd yet to break out. Neither did his Diamondbacks. But the four-time all-star went more than a month without a win around the same time the entire team went almost three weeks with just one.

"This whole season has been insane", Bellinger said, adding: "It was really cool coming back here to Chase Field".

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