Los Angeles is the only team to finish the NLDS in three games and their reward is some well deserved time off while the rest of the field fills in.
Through his first two postseason games, Cody Bellinger had shown very little of the form that produced an NL rookie record 39 homers and a.267/.352/.581 line. Next up for the Dodgers is a meeting against either the Chicago Cubs or the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of the NLCS.
With the victory, Darvish became just the fourth Japanese born pitcher to win a playoff game as a starter, joining Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hiroki Kuroda, and Masahiro Tanaka.
The Cleveland Indians will try to eliminate NY at Yankee Stadium in the second game Sunday night. But he escaped jams, gained strength and held on until two solo homers in a three-batter span - by Bellinger in the fifth and Barnes leading off the sixth - finally spelled the end of his night. On Saturday, Dodgers' skipper Dave Roberts announced that he would consider removing his ace earlier in games, rather than pushing him to the seventh or eighth inning in order to preserve the bullpen.
In came Kenley Jansen, looking to end the series, the Dodgers closer started the inning off by striking out Grégor Blanco. Los Angeles right fielder Yasiel Puig has been one of the hitting stars by going 5-for-9 with four RBIs as the Dodgers appear to have put aside their regular-season struggles (8-11) against Arizona. Corbin allowed a combined eight runs (six earned) on 16 hits with five walks in 10.2 innings. The Dodgers will host the victor of the Cubs vs Nationals series in which the Cubs now lead 2-1 after a win on Monday. "You look at the small sample of three starts or whatever, but I think progressively it's continued to get better". The old Dodgers - of June and July, of incomparable weaponry and uncommon swagger, of Bellinger and Turner and Seager - are back.
And that begins with pitching aggressively. Leadoff man Chris Taylor lined the game's sixth pitch for a double, went to third on an out to center and scored on a groundout.
The club continued to work the count and forced Greinke to throw nine 3-ball counts into the 5th inning. His ERA is a full run better at Wrigley Field than on the road (2.90 versus 3.87).
PHOENIX (AP) - Zack Greinke left Los Angeles for a big payday in the desert. A ground out by Utley advanced Hernández to third base. But despite walking five hitters and needing 88 pitches to get through the first four innings, he kept the score at 1-0.
That ended Greinke's night at 104 pitches, of which just five were swings and misses. On Greinke's second pitch of the sixth, he served up an 89 miles per hour fastball that Barnes lined 398 feet to leftfield, restoring their two-run lead. "We were relentless every single pitch".