In throwing an alarming 48 pitches, Walker did not record his first out until he tossed 38 pitches, and eventually absorbed a 9-5 defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers before a sell-out crowd of 54,707 in Dodger Stadium.
First, the Dodgers right fielder licked his bat, made a amusing face upon realizing that doesn't taste very good, and promptly hit an RBI double in the team's four-run first inning in their 9-5 win over the D-backs in NLDS Game 1 presented by T-Mobile. Some of those appeared in the fourth, when Corey Seager's RBI single and another RBI from Turner keyed a three-run rally against Godley that broke open the game. With Friday's win, however, Kershaw's postseason ERA sits at 4.17.
Arizona manager Torey Luvullo suggested that if that Game 5 proves necessary, his team will be ready. At times it did look dominant, mostly because Kershaw looked a bit more like his All-Star self than the version that returned from the disabled list late in the season. "When you have a lead like that, it's about attacking guys". "I think that's why the fans love him".
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Kershaw struck out seven, walked three and allowed five hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Justin Turner began the scoring in the very first inning with a three-run home run. "So they hit some good pitches". I say "quietly" because there was no three-run home run involved, and definitely no tongues involved. I don't know. Hopefully, when you give up hits, maybe one or two would stay in the ballpark, but tonight it didn't seem like that was going to happen. "Obviously, it was frustrating the way it ended but thankfully I had a big lead".
The Dodgers and Diamondbacks are back at it Saturday night at 9 p.m. ET at Dodger Stadium for Game 2 of the best-of-five NLDS.
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After a Cody Bellinger single, Yasiel Puig lined a double into center field to give Los Angeles a 4-0 advantage. Since he's been back he has continued to get better. Playing from behind all night, Arizona couldn't catch up. "We've had some tough losses, and this is playoff baseball". "We're built for moments like this, and it's only one game".
After promoting him for the final series of the regular season, the Dodgers opted against including Tim Locastro on the playoff roster just to pinch-run. "Yeah, he gave up four solo homers, but who cares?" The 26-year-old faced the Diamondbacks four times this season (three starts and one relief appearance), allowing six runs over 21 innings (2.57 ERA).
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