Dodgers will face a very familiar opponent in Diamondbacks

Posted October 05, 2017

They were not playing in this game.

They might not have to - at least not right away. And there he was on the mound, the pitcher that was supposed to torment them Friday, rushed into emergency duty.

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Peralta and Marte singled before Goldschmidt homered on the seventh pitch of the first inning for a 3-0 lead.

The Diamondbacks managed to stay just ahead of the Rockies throughout Wednesday night's National League Wild Card game, eventually securing an 11-8 victory to advance to the National League Division Series.

Below is all of the game information for what should be a classic showdown.

"I felt like that's a game we would've won had I kept it at a one-run game", Holland said about another two-run triple just an inning later in the ninth.

"There's no secrets here", Rockies manager Bud Black said.

Colorado starter Jon Gray (0-1) lasted only 1 1/3 innings, allowing four runs and seven hits. He was pulled after recording just four outs and was charged with four runs as Colorado fell behind the Arizona Diamondbacks early in a game they'd ultimately lose 11-8.

When Descalso, the former Rockies utility player, launched a two-run homer to right off left-handed reliever Tyler Anderson in the third, Arizona had a 6-0 lead and the Rockies were being buried by an avalanche of hits, runs and crowd noise. The Diamondbacks, in a win-or-go-home game, used Ray for the fifth and sixth innings, and part of the seventh inning. Between the Twins and Yankees, who played Tuesday night, and the Rockies and Diamondbacks, the four starting pitchers in the wild-card games combined to throw just 7 ⅓ innings. Even with the big inning stigma, he has not been prone to disastrous starts.

"He's an unbelievable pitcher", Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado said of Greinke, to Thomas Harding of MLB.com. Verlander excelled after being traded from Detroit to Houston, winning all five starts for his new team with a 1.06 ERA. On the Rockies side, expect a big game from Carlos Gonzalez, who is hitting.333 off of Greinke in his career with 5 home runs. But his teammates backed him up soon enough at the plate, anchored by yet another triple-this one from A.J. Pollack, the Diamondbacks's fourth of the game-that knocked in two runs.

For Greinke, signed to a six-year deal during last year's offseason, he says he's ready to go and feeling good heading into Wednesday's game: "I feel good going into it". "I've seen guys turn it around for whatever reason". There's really not a whole lot of things we can uncover that they haven't done or personnel that we don't know.

"This series will determine who the better team is", he said. Black had to take that chance. Lamb had a disappointing second half of the 2017 season, but he's off to a strong start in the postseason.

Gray allowed another run in the second inning and the Rockies chose to pull him.