Dodgers Advance to the NLCS: Who & When Does Los Angeles Play Next?


The 22-year-old first baseman got his team on the scoreboard with an RBI groundout in the first inning and struck again during the fifth with a solo homer to put his team ahead, 2-0.

Dodgers starter Rich Hill, who played college ball at MI, gave up two runs on three hits in four innings.

The Dodgers have won their last eight series clinching games on the road in the postseason and sweep a playoff series for the first time since they defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS in 2009 in three games.

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For his encore, though, Bellinger upped his game even more. In short, Bellinger was overdue. Arguably the greatest pitcher of his generation, the three-time Cy Young Award victor has 144 regular season wins in his Dodgers career. The Diamondbacks will counter with ace Zach Grienke, who will pitch against his former team. The 4.63 ERA in 19 postseason games speaks for itself.

Arizona's pitching has disappointed against the heavily-favored Dodgers in the first two games of the series. Darvish will be a big weapon for the Dodgers down the stretch.

After the Descalso homer, Darvish struggled with his command in the top of the sixth, beaning pinch-hitter Christian Walker with a fastball to the head in the top of the sixth inning. Yet he worked out of several jams, and gave up only that one run through four innings, and only two through five after a solo blast by Bellinger.