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Arizona picks Taijuan Walker to start Game 1 vs. Dodgers

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Sammy Stanley | 08 October, 2017, 00:24

First pitch for Game 2 between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers is scheduled for 6:08 PM PST. 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.

Darvish, who went 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA during the regular season with the Dodgers and the Texas Rangers, will make his third postseason start. Pollock in the third and J.D. You can't go wrong with either pitcher in this spot, and while I like the Dodgers to win this series, the value is going to be on the Arizona Diamondbacks and the heavy plus money, assuming that's what we're getting here.

In search of their first title since 1988, the Dodgers entered the postseason as rickety as a 104-win team could possibly be.

Tonight's #Dbacks lineup for Game 2.

Although the Los Angeles Dodgers had a losing record this year against both of their potential division series opponents, given their past struggles against left-handed pitching, you figured they had to be rooting for the Colorado Rockies in the wild-card game.

"We gave them a run for their money there towards the middle, end of the game", Martinez said.

You can add Clayton Kershaw to the list of postseason aces that have dropped the ball this month. On deck, it's a matchup of veteran left-handers in Game 2 of their NL Division Series at 5:38 p.m. EDT. Three of the first four batters swung at the first pitch Kershaw threw.

Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts certainly enjoyed it, impressed by Turner's ability to slow the game down in high pressure situations.

And in the seventh, Arizona continued to rake, getting back-to-back bombs from Ketel Marte and Jeff Mathis off of Kershaw-bringing the D-Backs to within three.

In six September starts, Kershaw had three where he allowed one earned run or less, and three in which he was hit around for three earned or more. In the eighth, Corey Seager tripled in Austin Barnes. Pitchers will take solo shots any day of the week especially if they have big leads as Kershaw did. Kenley gave up an unearned run, which led the game culminating in a 9-5 Dodger victory.

Turner now shares the Dodgers record for RBIs in a postseason game with Pedro Guerrero, who had five in the 1981 World Series, and Davey Lopes, who did it in the 1978 World Series.

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