Dodgers complete sweep of Diamondbacks, await Cubs-Nationals victor in NLCS

Paul Goldschmidt swung and missed badly at the low-and-away delivery, leaving the D-backs with the feeling that after an unexpectedly successful regular season, they had no answers in being swept in a Division Series they thought they could win.

Before the pitch nearly hit his face, Walker had to get out of the way of another inside pitch by Darvish.

After Ketel Marte's first-inning bunt single, Darvish sent down 13 in a row before Descalso hit his second homer of the series. Acquired at the July 31 trade deadline from the Texas Rangers - precisely for moments such as these - Darvish, a four-time all-star, delivered a gem in Monday night's clincher, reduced to a five-inning stint only because the Dodgers' bullpen is so deep and functional these days. Los Angeles particularly excelled in close games while going on an 82-25 run from late April to late August - matching the 1998 Yankees for the best four-month performance in the past 100 years. Game 2 featured an 8-5 win with Kenta Maeda on the mound, and it was LA's Yu Darvish who captured Game 3 with a final score of 3-1.

Barnes, usually the Dodgers' backup catcher, reached base three times and got the night's biggest hit with that fifth-inning double.

The Dbacks would later narrow the gap on a Daniel Decalso homer in the 5th. After Greinke gave up a home run to Austin Barnes in the sixth, he got the hook with his team down 3-0.

The Dodgers had a strong showing against the Diamondbacks in all three of their meetings. Quality at-bats, with quality production.

"I support (Roberts') decision", Darvish said through a translator. The Dodgers are a -108 underdog and the over-under is 9. Look out NL. Wait, scratch that, look out Major League Baseball.

Ethier considered the kindergarten math - four more wins to get to the World Series, eight to win it all - and could say with more conviction than any other Dodger how big those numbers truly are. Five innings doesn't jump off the page, but if you watched the game, you would have seen how dominant he was in those five innings were.

Both the stars and role players have made an impact for the Dodgers in the first two games of this series.

The Dodgers would take a 2-0 lead add a run in the fifth inning on a Bellinger solo shot to left center. Tony Cingrani came in and induced a 3-6-3 double play on a terrific play by Bellinger.

It started in the first with a Cody Bellinger ground out off of Arizona Diamondbacks' starter Zack Greinke-scoring Chris Taylor. With the bases loaded in the top of the third inning, Greinke would get out of the jam not allowing a run. Reigning AL Cy Young Award victor Rick Porcello is set to face Houston's Charlie Morton with the Astros up 2-1 in the series. The good thing for the Dodgers is that they don't have to worry about where the game will be played.

The Arizona Diamondbacks' impressive and unlikely 2017 season came to an end Monday night at Chase Field thanks in large part to a pair of former Valley heroes.

  • Julie Sanders