It could have been a moment in the game to inspire hope. Bellinger, who was playing for the Glendale Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League at this time a year ago, started this season with the Dodgers' Class AAA team in Oklahoma City before making his major-league debut on April 25. "This team was great". "This organization is in good hands with ownership and the front office, and I think there's going to be a lot of successful years in the future". "I could call it disrespectful and classless, but they don't have a attractive pool at their old park and must have really wanted to see what one was like", said Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall (oof).
That about said it all.
"These games are dogfights, so it's going to take a team effort and a collective unit", Barnes said.
His departure came suddenly.
Two losses in Los Angeles featured uncharacteristically bad starting pitching and some defensive lapses. On that night, he struck out 10 and but needed 106 pitches.
Then, with his command apparently shot, away with Darvish the Dodgers went. "That won't happen", Roberts told USA Today. "Like, it was 3-1, and it was a really close game, like I said". The future seems unlimited for a team that was the best in baseball all season and is playing like it again.
Before that, Darvish was on despite admitting afterward the roof at Chase Field being open changed how his off-speed pitches were working.
D-Backs Manager Tory Lovullo allowed Greinke to stay in the game after throwing a little over 100 pitches.
"But he stood on his stuff and executed with a three-pitch mix".
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Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had little to do until the 37th minute when he was called into action twice in a matter of seconds. Clearly content to settle for a 1-0 win, France offered nothing in the way of attacking intent in the second half.
Rizzo dropped a bloop single into shallow center field off Oliver Perez to score pinch-runner Leonys Martin, who replaced Tommy La Stella after he led off the eighth inning with a walk.
Ray gave up four runs on four hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings.
The Dodgers' offense was just good enough, as first baseman Cody Bellinger hit an RBI groundout in the first inning and added a homer in the fifth frame. I mean, I get why the D-Backs would be upset, but if you put a pool in your ballpark, you're asking for trouble. "That's one thing that sticks out", catcher Jeff Mathis said of Greinke's rough start.
Evan Gattis reached second on a hard-hit bouncer down the third base line with one out in the inning off Sale, but was sent back to first because it was errantly picked up by a ball girl. "I respect the hell out of it".
The midseason trade acquisition for the Dodgers lived up to his hype as he allowed just one hit-a bunt single-through the first four and 2/3 innings.
What are you gonna do?
Not long after the final out of Game 3, players embraced and congratulated each other in the Diamondbacks clubhouse. Many did so with eyes red. How about veteran John Jay, who has played all over the outfield? Neither did his Diamondbacks.
In their few weeks together, Kershaw has at times counseled Darvish not to overthink his craft - to simply trust his ability and go right after opposing hitters.
"This whole season has been insane", Bellinger said, adding: "It was really cool coming back here to Chase Field".