Published: Sun, October 08, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

NLDS Game 1: Dodgers' Justin Turner And Yasiel Puig Lead The Offense

NLDS Game 1: Dodgers' Justin Turner And Yasiel Puig Lead The Offense

Ray was supposed to start this series opener, but was pressed into relief against the Rockies when ace Zack Greinke faltered - and Walker couldn't come through in his place.

The Diamondbacks have some of the best home run hitters in all of baseball.

Given the heightened moment and well-documented emotion experienced by each player, Walker's task was challenging.

This isn't a statement about the talent of the Diamondbacks at all, it's a statement about how good Clayton Kershaw is.

In the end, Walker suffered the same fate as others before, and lasted only one inning.

In five starts against Los Angeles this season, Ray is 3-0.

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Ortiz was scratched from the card after the WBC withdrew its sanction because of the positive test last week. Ortiz failed a VADA urine drug test conducted on September 22 at his training camp in Miami.

When the baseball playoffs expanded to include the National League Division Series (NLDS) in 1995, the Dodgers would have more chances to make the playoffs. The Dodgers ten iced this one with a two-spot in the eighth inning. For a pitcher who allowed a career-high 23 home runs this season, the same number he gave up in the last two seasons combined, the question for Kershaw-the question he will likely be asked for the remainder of his Hall of Fame career-is, How's the back?

Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo produced RBI singles in the sixth inning for the first two hits off an otherwise-dominant Strasburg.

"No regrets whatsoever", he said. "He was the choice - the clear-cut choice". "He never got into a rhythm". We have to give the Dodgers credit. "They've got great pitching, great hitting, defense, base running - they do it all". The combination of this initial foray and a strong Dodgers line-up created a near-perfect storm.

The quick lead and the solid run prevention to protect it was reminiscent of the Dodgers team that went 56-11 over one stretch of the season. The red-bearded slugger tied a Dodgers record for most RBIs in a postseason game. "He made some mistake on me, and luckily, I did not miss". Kershaw allowed four homers overall tonight, but he otherwise seemed to dominate with location and sharp breaking stuff. "But we've still got a long way to go". We know that we're built for moments like this. The two wild pitches in the game were also surprising, since Kershaw had four all season prior. Paul Goldschmidt, J.D. Martinez and A.J. Pollock can all put a charge into one and leave the park at any time.

Justin Turner and the major league-best Dodgers try to solve nemesis Robbie Ray (15-5, 2.89 ERA, 218 Ks) and take a 2-0 lead over the Diamondbacks in their NL Division Series.

The series then moves to desert Monday night.

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