Dodgers’ team offense beats Diamondbacks’ power again in Game 2
LOS ANGELES — Forget everything you learned this season.
In the Year of the Home Run, the long ball ruled. Launch angles and exit velocity were the ‘woke’ and ‘lit’ of Statcast Era-speak – all three years of it – terms you had to toss around or risk being seen as, well, half-woke and un-lit.
But the Arizona Diamondbacks have hit six home runs in the first two games of their National League Division Series – and lost both games. The Dodgers did their part in baseball’s power surge, hitting a franchise-record 221 home runs during the regular season, but only one in this series, none on their way to an 8-5 victory in Game 2 on Saturday.
The Dodgers head to Arizona for Game 3 with their first 2-0 lead in a postseason series since their NLDS sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2009.
The Dodgers have scored 17 runs on 24 hits in the two victories over the Diamondbacks, only one of them went over the fence – Justin Turner’s three-run opening salvo in Game 1.
They took a variety-pack approach to scoring Saturday. They got runs on an infield single, a ground out, a wild pitch, an error, two conventional singles and – Austin Barnes muscling up for extra bases – a double.
Both starters, lefties Robbie Ray and Rich Hill, found home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi’s strike zone shy and mysterious. Hill gave up a two-run home run to Paul Goldschmidt in the first inning, walked three in four innings and was gone after 78 pitches.
Ray came into the game labeled as a Dodgers killer after he had four double-digit strikeout games against them this season (the most any pitcher has had in a single season against the Los Angeles Dodgers). The Dodgers had hit just .194 against him in his […]