After an inevitable NL Wild Card Victory, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ season came to an abrupt end as the Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of Arizona on Monday. The red-hot Diamondbacks fell silent in the series as the Dodgers came in and knocked them out of the playoffs with one swift stroke.
In the highly anticipated first game of the series, Taijuan Walker of the Diamondbacks faced off against Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw had a very interesting night considering the fact that he won the game, went 6.1 innings, and allowed 4 earned runs, the interesting part, all four runs come in the form of solo home runs. Walker had a way worse outing as the LA native gave up 4 runs in the first and only recorded 3 outs before getting pulled. The Dodgers would tack on 5 more runs to win the game, while the D-backs only scored 1 more run after the solo shots and were given their first Postseason loss of the year. The losses would continue to come to the D-backs.
Game 2 didn’t go too much better for Arizona. In the first inning, Paul Goldschmidt crushed a 2-run 430-foot bomb to put the Diamondbacks ahead, but AZ’s bats would fall silent until the 7th in which they scored 3 runs. The damage had already been done, as the Dodgers brought across 7 runs from the 2nd inning to the 7th inning, and they brought across another run in the 7th to cap off an 8 run night. Kenley Jansen closed out the game to give the Dodgers a 2-0 advantage in the series.
The Dodgers entered game 3 in hopes of sweeping their division rivals, and sweep them they would with the help of Cody Bellinger and Austin Barnes home runs. The only run the D-Backs could muster came from Daniel Descalco who hit a solo shot in the bottom of the 5th. Yu Darvish came up with a win while Zack Greinke got a tough loss. Kenley Jansen, of course, got the save.
The Dodgers will now face off in the NLCS against either the Nationals or the Cubs for a chance to go to the World Series. At the time of writing, the NLDS between the Cubs and Nationals is 2-1 in the Cub’s favor. Daryll and I both predicted that the D-Backs would upset the Dodgers and win this series, but we were both obviously proven wrong. This means that the standings in the Doubleday Double Talk Postseason Predictions Race will stay the same (for now).
If the Cubs win tonight, Daryll will take a lead in the race, but if the Nats win their next two, advantage me. Stay tuned to see who gets the most correct picks this Postseason.