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Miller: Favored Dodgers looking to overcome trendy underdogs

By in Press Enterprise on October 8, 2017

By Jeff Miller

LOS ANGELES — There are all sorts of ways to measure adversity.

By the foot, for instance.

The Dodgers’ first experience with hardship this postseason measured 430 feet, the longest home run so far in the playoffs.

Paul Goldschmidt’s unmanned rocket Saturday also left the bat at 109 mph, radar guns another excellent way to quantify calamity.

What? You thought the Dodgers were going to rid themselves of the Diamondbacks that easily? You thought that 9-5 Game 1 victory wasn’t just an opener but also an omen?

Arizona proved otherwise immediately in Game 2, Goldschmidt’s first-inning homer off Rich Hill giving the Diamondbacks their initial lead of this National League Division Series.

Just three innings later, of course, the lead was just like that home run – long gone – the Dodgers rallying in the manner of a team that, in the regular season, won 104 games, 47 via comeback.

They eventually won this one, 8-5, and now have led for 15 of the 18 innings they’ve played so far against Arizona, this matchup suddenly one step from a sweep.

“We’ve got to stay focused and compete and try to close the series out,” reliever Kenley Jansen said. “That’s what we have to go do.”

They bounced back this time against Robbie Ray, the Arizona starter who had all the recent success – 3-0 with a 2.27 ERA in five 2017 starts – against them, and if you’re going to come back, why not do so in the most dramatic way possible?

After beating Colorado in the NL wild-card game, the Diamondbacks emerged as a popular pick to upset the Dodgers in this series, in part because Arizona won 11 of the 19 games between the teams in the regular season.

The Diamondbacks also won the final six meetings, three games coming in August and three in September.

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