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Whicker: Dodgers, Cody Bellinger show their leathery side in Game 1 win

By in Press Enterprise on October 7, 2017

By Mark Whicker

LOS ANGELES — Since Sept. 22, nothing they did meant anything. Aimless games. Playoff auditions. Meetings and videos and ticket requests and logistics and a lava flow of stats.

Baseball teams rarely have time to look around. Now the Dodgers had to kill more of it than they ever imagined.

The Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks were the final teams to throw a postseason pitch. The American League teams had finished two games before their Game 1.

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Two things could happen: the Dodgers would be burdened by the weight of their 104 wins and their 29 years without rings, or they would play like the selves they showed throughout that season.

Leadoff man Chris Taylor took two strikes from Taijuan Walker, fouled and worked his way to 3-and-2, and got a base hit.

The reset button was on.

The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks, 9-5, after they led, 7-1. They left their fans to fret about the four home runs off […]    

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