NLDS Game 1: Dodgers' Justin Turner And Yasiel Puig Lead The Offense
08 October, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Andrea Terry
As the team takes the field against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, D-Backs fans are gathering to watch the game across the valley.
Still, Arizona is handing the ball to right-hander Taijuan Walker in Game 1, which makes sense given Ray's two-plus innings of work in the wild-card game 48 hours earlier.
Brandon Morrow recorded four outs in relief, passing the baton to closer Kenley Jansen who closed the door on the D-backs in the ninth inning. However, he had success against the Dodgers this season, going 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in three starts against Los Angeles. Los Angeles counters with lefty Rich Hill (12-8, 3.32), who had a 2.77 ERA at home this year.
NOTES: Despite having 59 career postseason games under his belt, Dodgers 2B Chase Utley was not in the starting lineup, INF Logan Forsythe, on getting the nod despite never having played in a postseason game.
Ray was 6-0, including two victories over the Dodgers, with a 2.28 ERA after being activated from the disabled list on August 24.
Justin Turner's 3-run home run in the first inning paced the Dodgers' offense that night, as they hid Kershaw's lackluster performance behind a 9-run outburst.
Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts certainly enjoyed it, impressed by Turner's ability to slow the game down in high pressure situations. During that stretch, he boasts a 3.48 ERA and 1.22 WHIP, which are obviously very un-Kershaw like numbers but are still solid for normal humans.
All potential postseason games at Dodger Stadium through the National League Championship Series are sold out. Kershaw allowed four homers overall tonight, but he otherwise seemed to dominate with location and sharp breaking stuff.
The Dodgers were able to add three important insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth as Corey Seager, Turner, and Puig all added RBI singles off Zack Godley. Despite getting all three of his outs by strikeout, his single inning of postseason pitching was anything but dominant.
Kershaw (1-0) gave up just five hits in 6 1/3 innings, but four of the hits were solo home runs.
In the eighth, Seager tripled in pinch-hitter Austin Barnes who led off with a single.
Turner's five RBIs tied the Dodgers' postseason record, set by Davey Lopes in the 1978 World Series and tied three years later by Pedro Guerrero in that season's Fall Classic.
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