Dodgers heading to National League Championship Series after completing sweep of Diamondbacks

Dodgers heading to National League Championship Series after completing sweep of Diamondbacks

Rizzo stumbled after he took a big turn around first and was tagged out to end the inning, but he didn't seem to care too much, demanding veneration as the Cubs came out of the dugout for the ninth.

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. Their starting pitchers outpitched their opponent in each game, their bullpen secured critical outs with minimal drama, and their offense was back to being the relentless, powerful, wear-the-pitcher down unit it was at its midsummer peak. Without a doubt Darvish could have pitched deeper into the game but, an uneasy at-bat against Christian Walker in the 6th led to Roberts giving him the quick hook. Lovullo admitted he didn't think the Dodgers played their best ball. In the meantime, the job is only just beginning for the Dodgers. The younger Bellinger put the Dodgers on the board in the first with an RBI groundout that brought in Chris Taylor, who'd ripped a 109 miles per hour leadoff double off Greinke.

Rizzo dropped a bloop single into shallow center field off Oliver Perez to score pinch-runner Leonys Martin, who replaced Tommy La Stella after he led off the eighth inning with a walk. A solo shot by the struggling Bellinger extended the Dodgers lead to 2-0. Within the next inning, both the DIamondbacks' Daniel Descalso and the Dodges' Austin Barnes also added solo homers, but Arizona still held a 7-3 edge in that department this series.

"These games are dogfights, so it's going to take a team effort and a collective unit", Barnes said. Quality at-bats, with quality production. Los Angeles had several problems versus Arizona that I thought would carry over into the postseason, but thankfully they proved me wrong. The key here is how did the Dodgers get these runners in scoring position. The Dodgers are a -108 underdog and the over-under is 9. And now that Bellinger has seemingly come to life?

Rich Hill made it through just four innings for the Dodgers, yielding three hits and three walks. 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.

The local product who made good for the visiting team engendered a few boo birds on Monday night, but they were drowned out by the chants of "Co-dy" from the Dodgers fans in the sellout crowd of 48,641.

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Tony Cingrani came in to pitch against a lefty ahead of Tony Watson.

Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke didn't have his best stuff as he walked five batters on 105 pitches (62 strikes) in five innings. "You have to win that game to get here". Jansen did his thing and shut the door after a successfuly performance from Morrow.

The Dodgers will move onto the National League Championship Series for the second year in a row under manager Dave Roberts, and the third out of five overall.

With Austin, he's really matured as a Major League player this year.

The Red Sox and Astros left Fenway Park on Sunday night not knowing what time they'd play Monday's Game 4.

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