Major League Baseball playoffs: Three takeaways from Dodgers' NLDS-clinching win over Diamondbacks

Dodgers’ Dave Roberts On Yasiel Puig Pulling Kenta Maeda And More Alex Perez 10/08/2017 News

Dodgers’ Dave Roberts On Yasiel Puig Pulling Kenta Maeda And More Alex Perez 10/08/2017 News

The Dodgers are moving on to the NLCS after completing a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday in Phoenix.

Kenley Jansen earned his second save of the series as the closer appeared in all three games for the Dodgers of the NLDS.

The Arizona Diamondbacks were secretly one of baseball's best stories, a rags-to-riches tale that began past year, when they thought they were a contender and stumbled drunkenly down a canyonside. He entered Game 3 only 1 for 10 in the postseason, with six strikeouts.

The Dodgers will have the next four days off to rest and reset their pitching rotation as they get ready to host the victor of the NLDS between the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals on Saturday in Game 1 of the NLCS at Dodger Stadium. Cody Bellinger hit a ball real far-like in the fifth inning.

The imbalance of solo home runs was enough, though, and the Dodgers will not be bounced from the first round of the postseason ignominiously after their historic regular season. After Greinke gave up a home run to Austin Barnes in the sixth, he got the hook with his team down 3-0.

Greinke had navigated the Dodgers after a 29-pitch first inning but now could see his latest playoff start end badly in this elimination game for tonight's hosts.

For his encore, though, Bellinger upped his game even more.

Ray gave up four runs on four hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings.

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