Los Angeles is -130 on the -1.5 runline, while Arizona is +110 on the +1.5 runline. Unthinkable for a pitcher with a regular season ERA of 2.36 across almost 2,000 pitches thrown.
On the mound for Arizona will be Taijuan Walker (9-9, 3.49 ERA), while Los Angeles counters with Clayton Kershaw (18-4, 2.31).
Despite having a five run lead at the time, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts brought out closing pitcher Kenley Jansen to close the door on the D-backs. That gives them a chance to beat Rich Hill.
"You've got to give the Dodgers some credit, they hit a couple mistakes and unfortunately he never got grounded". The Dodgers now lead the series, 1-0.
"That", Turner said, "is exactly how he did it". "Every game is big". Luckily, that wasn't quite enough to sabotage the rest of the Dodgers' efforts, and they took Game 1 of the NLDS with a 9-5 finish over Arizona.
"We have been very resilient all season", he said.
Turner's three-run homer sparked a four-run opening frame in which the first five Dodgers reached base safely.
It's great to hit home runs off of Kershaw, but he is more than willing to give up runs that way rather than a crooked number from a string of singles an offense puts together against him. "Maybe [there was] ice cream in front of me or something like that". "That's the reason he's laughing right now". Turner obliged, and Puig did it again - tongue several inches outside his mouth, head shaking uncontrollably, fully committed to the bit. But Lovullo exercised the quick hook, going to right-hander Zack Godley in the second inning.
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The quick lead and the solid run prevention to protect it was reminiscent of the Dodgers team that went 56-11 over one stretch of the season. Turner has been one of the best hitters in baseball over the last four seasons. Meanwhile, the Arizona position players went a combined 6 of 29, with J.D. Kershaw allowed four homers overall tonight, but he otherwise seemed to dominate with location and sharp breaking stuff. Pollock in the third and Martinez in the sixth. In 19 career postseason games, Turner is hitting.383 (23 for 60) with three homers, 17 RBIs, six doubles and a triple.
Turner said he thought his All-Star teammate was sharp. "When you have a lead like that, it's about attacking guys". I think he's strong, he's healthy. He needed 34 pitches to get through 2-1/3 innings against the Rockies, allowing one run and striking out three. He admitted that by the time he departed, he was gassed.
There were good portents for the Dodgers elsewhere. Not really. I just didn't have much left. To me, it's like he's taking batting practice.
In the bottom of the eighth, they did just that. "We've had some tough losses, and this is playoff baseball".
Those doomsdayers will have to wait another day.
"It's innate", Roberts said. "He's one of the elite pitcher in the National League". Corey Seager and Yasiel Puig had productive nights as well.