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Whicker: Dodgers dodge the Death Ray (for now)

By in Press Enterprise on October 8, 2017

By Mark Whicker

LOS ANGELES — Robbie Ray had hooked the Dodgers to his joystick and pulled them wherever he wanted.

Then the Arizona Diamondbacks asked Ray to try something different when the National League Division Series came around. They changed the settings a bit.

And he lost. That was different.

There was a bus outside Dodger Stadium awaiting the Diamondbacks, but Ray had placed no one under it. He said the fact he was starting with two days off after he had thrown 34 high-energy pitches Wednesday night had nothing to do with his most erratic start of the season against Los Angeles.

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But Manager Torey Lovullo, who has been rolling sevens for months now, removed a major variable out of an equation that had worked time and again.

The Dodgers won Game 2, 8-5, and take a 2-0 lead to the Sonoran desert. Their next win will take them into the National League Championship Series for a second consecutive year.

“I felt great,” Ray said. “It wasn’t exactly like they were roping the ball all over the field on me.”

The Dodgers did not have to. The curveball that Ray had used like a scalpel in his three wins over the Dodgers was now a wayward drone. The slider […]    

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