Protecting a one-run lead, Roberts used lefty Tony Cingrani and righty Kenta Maeda to get through the fifth.
So blame him all you want, but it's not entirely on his shoulders. "We just have to continue to put the pressure on them".
If Lovullo had the chance to do it all over again, he likely would've tapped Godley to start the game. Why?
Kluber, favored by many to win a second AL Cy Young Award, was rocked for six runs and seven hits by the Yankees on Friday. Later, in the bottom of the 4th Turner smacked a line drive for a RBI single.
Ray struck them out 53 times in 31 2/3 innings. As such, Kershaw's latest attempt at October redemption might not come until the first game of the NLCS, provided the Dodgers get that far. Yu Darvish gets the ball, and he was 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA and 209 strikeouts this season.
The Diamondbacks got the jump on Game 2 when Goldschmidt drove a one-out pitch from Hill off the back of the Dodgers' bullpen behind left field.
Sure, the D-backs are wearing the same Sedona Red (and gray and teal) uniforms they've worn all season long, but this team just looks different. Ray went 7.2 innings and allowed no runs on three hits.
It was there, at Dallas' Highland Park High School, that Kershaw staked his claim as the country's best prep baseball player.
But what's more impressive is how dominant he was against the Dodgers. "Their lineup and the way they go about their business is extremely professional and that's what make a team a special team". The Diamondbacks will open the National League Divisional Series in LA against the Dodgers on Friday night at 7:30pm, with game two on Saturday night. "Guys are taking good at-bats, they're spoiling pitches". He has a sparkling 1.86 ERA in 87 road innings this season. He left with two out in the sixth, and his baserunner scored to cut it to 6-5. He allowed one run or less in five of the eight starts. He spent three seasons with the Seattle Mariners prior. Plus, Clayton Kershaw, his mound opponent, was out to exorcised demons of past post-seasons. Over 6 1/3 innings, Kershaw had three walks against seven strikeouts. He will be even better in this one.
And there's the internal contribution as the antithesis of the button-down professionals that inhabit the Dodger clubhouse.
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Dodgers are listed as a -140 favorite to win on the moneyline.
Los Angeles turned an early 2-0 deficit in Game 2 into a 7-2 advantage with a four-run rally in the fifth.
Roberts, though, still possessed the ultimate weapon: Kenley Jansen, the premier closer in the league. No one needs home runs for that. He was very good in the 2016 postseason. This year, Kershaw finished 18-4 with a 2.31 earned run average.
While Greinke and Ray will certainly strike fear into the Dodgers' hitters, the other three starters aren't nearly as imposing. At this point, Kershaw was well-above 100 pitches, which is remarkable for any pitcher on short rest.
That bat flip came one night after Puig both licked his bat before hitting a double, then delivered this tongue-not-in-cheek salute to his teammates in the third base dugout after hitting a triple. He'd gone 8 for 17 against Atlanta in the NLDS, but was 5 for 22 in six games against the Cardinals and had catcher Yadier Molina in his head for the whole series.