Police, Horses Brought In To Keep Dodgers Out Of Arizona Diamondbacks' Pool

Police, Horses Brought In To Keep Dodgers Out Of Arizona Diamondbacks' Pool

Police, Horses Brought In To Keep Dodgers Out Of Arizona Diamondbacks' Pool

Kenley Jansen pointed his right hand to the sky.

These Dodgers have been here before, but never like this.

Game 1 of the National League Championship Series will take place on Saturday, October 14 at time to be determined on TBS. Or it was, if you want to believe Yasiel Puig, an absolute licking.

The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated Monday night after sweeping the Arizona Diamondbacks in their National League Division Series 3-0 to move on to the NL Championship series against the victor of the NLDS between the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals. As a result, this matchup received far less attention than the other three playoff series. The Diamondbacks dispatched police horses to guard the structure, just in case. "We're going to keep grinding".

Yes, those were "Let's Go Dodgers" chants that ultimately swept the building as the Dodgers' swam only in champagne.

"There are a lot of reasons why we didn't win these games, but I think the bottom line is they're just the better team, " reliever Archie Bradley said. "They came out and beat us". The Dodgers received help from the usual sources, as well as from unlikely ones. It was about rediscovering their focus, and bringing back the fun.

Late Monday night, as they converged in a scrum near the center of the Chase Field diamond to celebrate their three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks in the National League Division Series, the Dodgers seemed eons removed from those lost days of late summer. He has the double motivation of keeping Arizona's season alive and facing his former team.

No, this was all about Dodgers baseball. While the rest of his teammates went a combined 23-for-62 (.370), the 22-year-old slugger had gone just 1-for-10 with six strikeouts, though his lone hit came in the Dodgers' four-run first inning in Game 1, and he reached on an error during a three-run fourth-inning rally that night as well.

Bellinger, who had hit just one single in his previous 10 at bats in the series, had an RBI grounder and a home run during the fifth, to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.

Darvish left after hitting pinch-hitter Christian Walker in the bill of his helmet to begin the sixth. With two outs in the fifth, Bellinger got ahead 3-0, took a borderline inside fastball, then launched a changeup that caught too much of the plate for a 416-foot drive to left centerfield, extending the Dodgers' lead to 2-0. But moved into a relief role during the postseason, he has shined, and he recorded a third scoreless appearance by retiring the side, setting up Jansen's three-out save. This team will not move onto the NLCS and await for the victor of the Nationals/Cubs series.

The Diamondbacks' prolific offence was reduced to wild, unproductive swings at Dodgers starter Yu Darvish's slider. But in Game 2, the Dodgers' superior depth won out.

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke does long throws during practice prior to Game 3 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Phoenix. Barnes played at ASU from 2009-11.

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