The Los Angeles Dodgers suffered a shocking second straight loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks and were on the verge of being eliminated from the postseason. Following Clayton Kershaw, even ‘rookie ace’ Bobby Miller collapsed in the second game. Now, the Dodgers must win all three games remaining in the division series to advance to the next stage.
The LA Dodgers faced the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 2 of the 2023 American Professional Baseball Major League Postseason National League Division Series (NLDS, best of 5) held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California on the 10th (Korean time). Kneeled down 2-4.
As a result, the Dodgers were on the verge of being eliminated from the fall baseball season after just two games. The Dodgers started Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 of the Division Series on the 8th. However, Kershaw was unable to last even one inning and collapsed after being battered by 6 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, and 6 runs in 35 pitches (35 pitches). Kershaw’s ERA on this day was 162.00. In the end, the Dodgers, who lost Kershaw, lost the first game 2-11 and handed the lead to Arizona.
And on this day, ‘Shinseong’ Miller, who played as an ace as a rookie all season, took the starting mound, but bowed out once again, performing poorly, allowing 4 hits, 2 walks, and 3 runs in 1⅔ innings. Moreover, the Dodgers, who had only 4 sporadic hits in Game 1, failed to attack the Arizona mound again on this day, and were forced to suffer a loss as they only had 6 hits.
The reason the Dodgers’ loss was shocking is because they performed so well in this year’s regular season. The Dodgers took first place in the National League West Division with an overwhelming record of 100 wins and 62 losses (0.617 winning percentage). The lead over Arizona, which was second in the same district, was a whopping 16 games. Accordingly, it was true that there were expectations that the Dodgers, who advanced directly to the National League Division Series, would perform well in this season’s postseason.
However, everything went wrong in the first game when Kershaw conceded the game. According to American media outlet Sportsnet LA, after the game, Kershaw blamed himself, saying, “I let everyone down,” and couldn’t hide his regret, saying, “I shouldn’t have pitched like that.” On the other hand, Merrill Kelly from the KBO League, who started as Arizona’s starting pitcher, provided a contrast by pitching 6⅓ innings, allowing 3 hits, 5 strikeouts, and no runs.
Kershaw’s regular season record is good enough to stand at 210 wins, 92 losses, and an ERA of 2.48. However, he was particularly weak in the fall. The game on the 8th was his 39th career postseason appearance (32 starts). In his postseason run, Kershaw has a record of 13 wins, 13 losses, and a 4.49 earned run average. He gave up 30 home runs in 194⅓ innings. The fall nightmare began in 2013. He failed to pitch a quality start (3 earned runs or fewer in 6 innings as a starter) in all three games in the championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2019, he appeared in relief in the Division Series against the Washington Nationals, but bowed out by allowing back-to-back home runs to Anthony Rendon (now LA Angels) and Juan Soto (now San Diego). In 2020, he led the World Series championship with 4 wins, 1 loss, and an average ERA of 2.93 in 5 postseason games, but last year, he retired after allowing 3 runs in 5 innings in the second game of the division series against San Diego.
In the second game of the division series on this day, the Dodgers had Mookie Betts (second baseman), Freddie Freeman (first baseman), Will Smith (catcher), Max Muncy (third baseman), JD Martinez (designated hitter), Jason Hayward (right fielder), and David Peralta. The starting lineup consisted of (left fielder) – James Outman (center fielder) – Miguel Rojas (shortstop) in that order. The starting pitcher was Miller, who had 11 wins, 4 losses, and an average ERA of 3.76 in this year’s regular season.
In response, Arizona had Corbin Carroll (right fielder), Ketel Marte (second baseman), Tommy Pham (designated hitter), Christian Walker (first baseman), Gabriel Moreno (catcher), Rudres Gurriel (left fielder), and Alec Thomas (center fielder). -Evan Longoria (third baseman) -Geraldo Fedomo (shortstop) was the starting batting order. The starting pitcher was Jack Gallen, who recorded 17 wins, 9 losses, and an ERA of 3.47 this season.
The Dodgers got off to a difficult start with starting pitcher Miller contributing three runs in the top of the first inning. Leadoff hitter Carroll got on base with a walk and then advanced to second base when Marte hit an infield hit. Arizona then took the opportunity to load the bases with no outs thanks to Pam’s left-handed hit, and Walker hit an RBI sacrifice fly to center field to bring home runner Carroll on third base. (1-0) While Pam continued to steal second base, Moreno’s When the shortstop grounded, even third base runner Marte succeeded in scoring, making the score 2-0. The next batter, Gurriel, hit a timely hit in the middle and even runner Pam on second base hit home. (3-0) The Dodgers had a chance to score with Freeman’s infield hit with one out in the bottom of the first inning and Muncy’s walk with two outs, but Martinez He retired with a strikeout on 3 pitches.
In the end, Miller pitched until the second inning. Following Longoria’s single to left in the top of the second inning, Longoria advanced to third base when Pedomo’s sacrifice bunt was made to third base. Carroll got on base with a walk. While Marte was treated as a catcher’s foul fly out, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts personally went up to the mound and handed the ball. Pitcher replacement. The Dodgers began using reliever Bruce Graterol in the second inning. Graterol handled Pam with a grounder to shortstop and overcame the crisis without giving up a run. In the bottom of the second inning, the Dodgers retired in vain due to a three-way error. In the 3rd inning, both teams were eliminated.
While Arizona missed an opportunity with two outs and a runner on base in the top of the fourth inning, the Dodgers made up for one run in the bottom of the fourth. After two outs, Martinez arched a solo over the right-center wall to make it 3-1. For the Dodgers, with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning, Outman walked and Rojas hit a heavy hit, but both Betts and Freeman followed up with a base hit.
In the 6th inning, the two teams traded one run each. Walker hit a straight hit to first base and Moreno struck out, leaving the team with two outs and no runners. Gurriel fired a left-handed solo shot, widening the lead to 4-2. Then, with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Dodgers created a bases loaded opportunity with Muncy’s hit to right-center, Martinez’s hit to right-center, and pinch hitter Taylor’s walk. Here, Muncy, with a runner on third base, came home when Hernández hit an infield hit, and they were back in pursuit with a two-run lead of 4-2.
However, the Dodgers no longer scored in the second half of the game. In the 7th inning, leadoff hitter Betts got on base due to a pitcher’s error, but Freeman followed up by hitting a double play in front of the second baseman. In the 8th inning, with one out, Martinez advanced to first base with a walk, but Taylor swallowed his disappointment with a double play in front of the shortstop. And in the bottom of the 9th inning, the second game was lost when Hernández struck out with a straight hit to left field, Outman struck out on a missed swing, and pinch hitter Colton Wong retired with a straight hit to center field.
As a result, Arizona, which started with two wins, is only one win away from advancing to the National League Championship Series (NLCS) for the first time in 16 years since 2007. Arizona will rest for a day on the 11th and then move to Chase Field on the 12th to play the third game of the division series. Arizona is determined to successfully sweep the series despite being eliminated and advance to the championship series.
Arizona, which earned two wins in enemy territory, will play its third game at its home stadium, Chase Field, on the 12th after a day’s rest. Arizona is determined to head to the NLCS with a series sweep. On the other hand, the Dodgers suffered two shocking losses in a row at home and were pushed to the brink. The Dodgers are trying to win the World Series for the first time in three years, but this loss has turned a red light on. Now the Dodgers have the burden of having to win all three remaining games of the series.
Dodgers starting pitcher Miller threw a total of 52 pitches in 1⅔ innings, allowing 4 hits, 2 walks, 1 strikeout, and 3 runs (3 earned) in the loss. Then, Graterol pitched 2 innings with no hits, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, and no runs, Brazier pitched 2⅓ innings with 1 hit, 3 strikeouts, and 1 run (1 earned run), Joe Kelly pitched 1⅔ innings with 2 hits, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts, and no runs, and Phillips pitched 1⅓ innings with 1 hit, 1 walk, and 2 pitches. Each pitched a no-strikeout, no-run pitch. In the batting lineup with six hits, Martinez recorded multiple hits, and Freeman, Muncy, Hernández, and Rojas each had one hit.토토사이트
On the other hand, Arizona starting pitcher Gallen did his part and became the winning pitcher, allowing 5 hits, 2 walks, striking out 4, and allowing 2 runs (2 earned) in 5⅓ innings. The total number of pitches is 84. Then, Sal Frank went ⅓ innings with 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, and no runs, Thompson pitched 1⅓ innings, 1 strikeout, no hit, Ginkel pitched 1 inning, 1 strikeout, no hit, and Seaworld pitched 1 inning, 1 strikeout, no hit, and Seaworld blocked the Dodgers’ batting line with 1 inning, 1 strikeout, and no hits, protecting the team’s victory. . In the batting lineup with a total of 8 hits, Marte, Pam, and Gurriel had multiple hits.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Braves won 5-4 in Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Philadelphia Phillies held at Truist Park, their home stadium. Atlanta is a strong team that ranked first in MLB overall winning percentage with 104 wins in this year’s regular season. Atlanta lost 0-3 in the first game against the Philadelphia Phillies in the wild card series, but won the second game and tied the game at 1 win and 1 loss. Atlanta will move to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Philadelphia’s home stadium, on the 12th to play games 3 and 4. Atlanta was dragged into the top of the 8th inning, trailing 4-5, but Austin Riley hit a come-from-behind two-run gun in the bottom of the 8th to turn the game around, and eventually overcame the crisis in the 9th inning to secure a valuable victory. The winner of this series will play the fateful National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks.