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Dodgers Advance to the NLCS for the Third Time in Five Seasons

Dodgers lineup overcome starting pitching stumbles for 2-0 NLDS lead over Diamondbacks Puig powers Dodgers to 8-5 win over D-backs, 2-0 series lead
Damon Campbell | 11 October, 2017, 00:26

Few teams can put a hitter of Puig's caliber in the No. 8 spot, showing just how deep this Dodgers roster is.

Monday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers completed the NLDS sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks to punch their ticket to the NLDS (LAD 3, ARI 1).

The Dodgers lead 2-0 and can eliminate the Diamondbacks when the National League Division Series moves to Phoenix on Monday. All that mattered for Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers on Monday was that they advanced.

"We'll watch the game tonight for a lot of reasons", Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. Los Angeles had several problems versus Arizona that I thought would carry over into the postseason, but thankfully they proved me wrong.

The last time the Los Angeles Dodgers departed the lush coastlines of Southern California for the Sonoran desert, it was late August, with temperatures here up in the low teens - as in 113 and 114 degrees Fahrenheit - and the Dodgers melted like ice cream.

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

Logan Forsythe, getting the start at second base over Chase Utley for the second night in a row, had three hits, scored two runs, drove in one and stole a base, part of an offensive onslaught by Los Angeles that followed a nine-run effort in Game 1.

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He has won two back-to-back Champions League since being there and a mainstay in the side since the Frenchman took over. In their current status, the squad is far from a serious candidate to win the 2017/2018 Champions League.

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Though the Diamondbacks were swept in the NLDS, I'm very proud of how the team played in 2017 and I look forward to next season.

"This is a completely different team, and I think we have bigger goals than to jump into a swimming pool", manager Dave Roberts said earlier in this series, adding, "Our guys clearly understand what this team is about". They did a great job of putting this team together. "They want to do it".

It started in the first with a Cody Bellinger ground out off of Arizona Diamondbacks' starter Zack Greinke-scoring Chris Taylor. The Dodgers have a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-five divisional round following an 8-5 win over Arizona Saturday night.

And just like that, the Arizona Diamondbacks' season is over. "You take a step back and look at it from that perspective, as a whole year, and you realize how special a year it was for us". The Dodgers didn't chase one pitch outside the zone until Greinke struck out Darvish in the second frame.

The victory gave the defending World Series champions a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series heading into Game 4 Tuesday at Wrigley Field.

Bellinger hit his homer in the fifth, then made a daring catch to end the bottom of the inning. Fittingly, Jansen struck out Paul Goldschmidt, the Dodgers' top nemesis, on a 95 miles per hour cutter outside to end the game and the series. Neither can match the Dodgers' depth in both lineup and pitching staff.

"I just tried to get to the railing as fast as I could", he said. "The series is not over". They symbolically drained that pool, drop by drop, wearing down the Diamondbacks' pitchers with endless plate appearances, frustrating their hitters by refusing to surrender on the mound, even beating down their fans. Darvish did hang one of those sliders in the fifth to Daniel Descalso, who ripped it over the right-field wall.

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