MLB Playoffs: Los Angeles Dodgers Set Tone with NLDS Game One Victory
The Los Angeles Dodgers set the tone in the series with their game one victory in the National Divisional Series game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers jumped on the Diamondbacks early in the first inning and never looked back, scoring a total of seven runs, most of which came off the bat of their third basemen Justin Turner who tied a Los Angeles Dodgers postseason record with five RBIs.
Clayon Kershaw took the mound against Taijuan Walker in the first game of a series of five. He finished with four earned runs and seven strikeouts in six and a third innings pitched while Walker gave up four runs in the first inning and was taken out immediately. All-star Kenley Jansen notched the save in the game.
The Dodgers struck first in the first inning with a three-run home run hit by the local boy Justin Turner, putting Los Angeles up by three with no outs.
Yasiel Puig added to the first inning lead with a RBI double of his own, hit to center field just out of the reach of Diamondbacks fielder A.J. Pollock.
Arizona got on the board in the top of the third inning with a two-out solo shot to left-center hit by Pollock.
Dodgers extended their lead to six in the bottom of the fourth inning from RBI singles hit by Corey Seager and Justin Turner. Seager also scored on a fielders choice hit by Yasiel Puig.
J.D. Martinez pulled the D-backs within five with a home run in the left corner of the stadium just inside of the foul pole during the top of the sixth.
Diamondbacks began the seventh by hitting back-to-back homers from Chris Mathis and Ketel Marte off of Clayton Kershaw, bringing Arizona within three.
Corey Seager seals the game for the Dodgers with a one-out triple in the eighth inning, and then was immediately brought in by Justin Turner’s fifth RBI of the game. Be sure to catch game two on Saturday, October 7th at 9:00 EST on TBS as the Diamondbacks look to even up the series against their bitter division rival the Los Angeles Dodgers.