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D-backs 8, Dodgers 1 - Sweepin ain’t easy

It was the best of times. It was the blurst of times.

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

By winning the first two games of the series, the mission was accomplished. After a horrendous series in Minnesota and the opposition closing the gap, the D-backs needed to take care of business against the Giants (they did) and at least make it a competitive series with the Dodgers. Of course we all know the story, the D-backs jumped to big leads and hung on for wins. Today was just a tad different.

It started off well enough, as Greinke fired a 1-2-3 inning top of the 1st. The offense was firing from the get-go. Gregor Blanco stretched a single into a double on lazy play from Puig in right. Chris Iannetta walked, and Jake Lamb beat out a double play chance, putting runners on the corners and 1 out, bringing up Paul Goldschmidt. Goldy delivered, lining a double to left, scoring Blanco and Lamb and giving the D-backs a lead they wouldn’t relinquish 2-0.

The Dodgers responded with a run of their own in the top half of the 2nd, as Yasmani Grandal singled and Adrian Gonzalez doubled to right, halving the lead to 2-1, but the offense sparked a 2-out rally, with Blanco doubling down the right field line, scoring Ketel Marte. Iannetta smashed a hanging slider into the bleachers for a home run, his 13th of the year. 5-1 D-backs.

Greinke worked an 8-pitch 3rd, giving up a 2-out double to Turner but stranding him there for the scoreless inning. The D-backs offense kept up their early pressure, with Goldy smashing a double off the wall in CF. After a J.D. Martinez strike out, A.J Pollock homered to left, giving the D-backs another two runs, 7-1.

Greinke was dealing the rest of the way, carving Dodgers hitters like a beautiful smoked pork butt. He allowed just a walk and single to finish off his 6 innings of work, and left the game with the result pretty much in hand. He allowed 4 hits, 2 walks and the lone run while striking out 6.

The 5th again saw the D-backs threaten, with a Martinez walk and Pollock HBP leading things off. Some will argue the HBP was retaliation for the Bellinger HBP the other night, but I think Josh Ravin just isn’t very good. :/ Regardless, Daniel Descalso made them pay with a single to right, scoring Martinez and giving us our final score 8-1.

The D-backs bullpen shut the door on any chance of a comeback, with T.J McFarland and Jake Barrett combining for 3 scoreless innings.

Source: FanGraphs

The offense was the difference maker in this one, with Blanco, Iannetta, and Goldy combining for 45.8+% WPA. Greinke wasn’t bad himself with a 9.8+% WPA.

Nice turnout one and all. Thank you for not going over to True Blue LA and starting arguments. Despite what you may think of the Dodgers, they have proven to be a very good team and deserve our respect.

Comment of the Thread goes to AzDbackfanInDc for his pre-series prediction.

HUGE series coming up for the Diamondbacks as they face the Rockies in Colorado. Will the lead they’ve built hold up? Join us to find out.