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Dodgers keep Baez, Stripling on playoff roster

11 October 2017
Dodgers keep Baez, Stripling on playoff roster

The Dodgers battered Arizona for 17 runs and 24 hits in the series' first two games.

Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger had a terrific ballgame both offensively and defensively, contributing to his club's 3-1 victory over the Diamondbacks in Game 3 of the NLDS at Chase Field on Monday night.

D-Backs Manager Tory Lovullo allowed Greinke to stay in the game after throwing a little over 100 pitches.

The Dodgers' sweep of the D-backs leaves them a couple of extra days of rest before they face the victor of the Cubs-Nationals Series in the NLCS.

Baez made a team-leading 66 relief appearances for NL West champion Los Angeles this season, yet he was a regular target of derision from fans in Chavez Ravine and on Twitter while posting a 2.95 ERA.

In the fifth, Bellinger added to the Dodgers' lead, ripping a 3-1 Greinke change-up to left-center field for a solo home run.

Game 3 was a low scoring affair because of the efforts of Yu Darvish and the other Dodgers hitters, though. "He was in command from the first pitch". "We were relentless every single pitch". The right-hander was 13-1 in 18 starts at Chase Field with a 2.76 ERA, 131 strikeouts and 23 walks. And if that's the case, the Dodgers, for all their historic highs and alarming lows, will gladly occupy the rarefied space they carved out for themselves following a 104-win season and three more wins this week. "That's in the past", Jansen said of the teamwide slump. "We're going to treat it like another game". It hurts. We've got to admit it. "But we're locked back in and playing good baseball, and we're excited to play whoever we play next". But I do believe with the 'pen that we have and the trust in it, you have to weigh everything in.

That 1-16 stretch the Dodgers endured in late August and September, the one that came out of nowhere when they were 55 games above.500 and ended any talk of them being remembered as one of the greatest teams in history, now looks like an aberration - albeit one that lasted almost three weeks and forced some serious introspection as the playoffs loomed. Los Angeles lost to Chicago in last year's NLCS.

Roberts' expensive roster shows a remarkable affinity for teamwork and selflessness.

"The best we've seen him since we got him", Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw said of Darvish.

The Astros ended the Boston Red Sox's season, claiming a 5-4 win in game four of the American League Division Series (ALDS). Corey Seager and Yasiel Puig each drove in two runs as well. Even after four days of rest following his 58-pitch outing, the 33-year-old righty was anything but sharp in Game 3, though he did his best to keep the Diamondbacks in the game.

"I'm not going to do anything for me in the postseason that's very uncharacteristic", Roberts said. "But it is nice to know you have eight fresh arms in the pen".