Maeda picks up win in relief for Dodgers in playoffs — Baseball

Maeda picks up win in relief for Dodgers in playoffs — Baseball

Maeda picks up win in relief for Dodgers in playoffs — Baseball

Now he has a chance to finally quiet that crowd Monday night in Phoenix.

Yesterday, Kershaw was cruising through six innings.

Arizona took a 2-0 lead on Paul Goldschmidt's two-run homer in the first inning. Kind of. In fact, it would only become a contest again because manager Dave Roberts started to do too much.

Then his nemesis, the seventh inning came along. "Their lineup and the way they go about their business is extremely professional and that's what make a team a special team".

On Thursday night at 6 p.m., Camp Verde High girls soccer gets another crack at No. 1 Northland Prep (15-0, 3-0 Central), this time at home. Los Angeles has scored 16 runs in the series, just three have come off of home runs.

"It's not like they were putting the ball all over the field", he said. "Just everyone's been good this year, and I think this is the year", one fan said. I just think we have guys that like to step up and they're not intimidated. His velocity was there, his fastball steadily at 95 mph, as strong as it ever is. The nickname Vin Scully gave him, "Wild Horse", is absolutely perfect. He used some of his free time to buy a sports coat and dress shirt, items he said he needed both for baseball travel purposes and outside life in general. "(Walker) was the choice, a clear-cut choice. And he lived up to that as well. The slider was a grenade at the feet of catcher Chris Iannetta. There are reasons to be optimistic. Fatigue plays a huge factor, especially when coming off a back injury. "I didn't have a good grip on it at first".

The Dodgers' pitchers have been great all season along with their formidable bullpen. 3-2-and the Dodgers wouldn't look back. The Diamondbacks believe they're the better team, having taken 11 of 19 against the Dodgers during the regular season. Just ask Luis Severino of the New York Yankees, Jon Gray of the Colorado Rockies, Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians, and Zack Greinke, Walker's teammate. But I do believe with the 'pen that we have and the trust in it, you have to weigh everything in.

Robbie Ray had hooked the Dodgers to his joystick and pulled them wherever he wanted.

On the other end of the spectrum, Taijuan Walker, entered his first playoff game Friday night. "It doesn't happen often when your team wins five (division titles) in a row and you get to go to the playoffs". Turner followed with a single, driving in Seager. However, since then, the Cowboys have beaten No. 4 Show Low and No. 5 St. Johns. "I'm glad I was part of his first postseason home win". He ended up getting two outs but left the seventh with the bases loaded. "So it was a swift and easy conversation". First time in the big leagues. "They helped me a lot, and my manager". Meanwhile, the Arizona position players went a combined 6 of 29, with J.D. Martinez providing half of those hits. If you visited their clubhouse last month, you had to wonder. Prior to this season, the team's largest margin of victory in an opener had been by a 4-0 score against the Ducks to start the 2007-08 campaign.

So blame him all you want, but it's not entirely on his shoulders.

Ray plunked Justin Turner with his second pitch of the fifth inning, and following a forceout, was pulled in favor of righty Jimmie Sherfy, a 23-year-old rookie with all of 10 ⅔ major league innings under his belt. Why his managers won't protect and take him out after six with a comfortable lead is beyond me.

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