Diamondbacks Lead Series 2-0 After Defeating Dodgers

Diamondbacks Lead Series 2 0 After Defeating Dodgers
Diamondbacks Lead Series 2 0 After Defeating Dodgers
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  • Diamondbacks Extend Series Lead with Victory Over Dodgers
  • Dodgers Face Uphill Battle as Diamondbacks Win Second Game
  • Diamondbacks Hold Strong, Take 2-0 Lead in NLDS

In a decisive Game 2 of the National League Division Series (NLDS), the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, gaining a 2-0 lead in the series. This victory came as the Diamondbacks’ starting pitcher, Zac Gallen, skillfully navigated through the Dodgers’ lineup, leaving the home team struggling to catch up.

The Dodgers, plagued by early-game deficits in both games, once again found themselves facing an uphill battle. Their starting pitchers faced significant challenges, allowing a total of nine runs, issuing three walks, striking out only one batter, and needing 87 pitches to record just six outs.

The Diamondbacks, who finished the regular season as a wild-card team, made their presence known early in Game 2. They displayed a more calculated and patient approach compared to their explosive first-inning performance in Game 1, scoring three runs in the opening inning. Corbin Carroll’s walk, Ketel Marte’s bunt single, and consecutive singles from Tommy Pham and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. contributed to their early lead.

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The Dodgers’ bullpen worked diligently to keep the game within reach, allowing the offense opportunities to rally. J.D. Martinez provided a spark with a solo home run in the fourth inning, narrowing the deficit to two runs. However, despite their chances against Gallen and the Diamondbacks’ bullpen, the Dodgers were unable to capitalize on key opportunities.

Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman, two catalysts in the Dodgers’ lineup, struggled throughout the series, managing just one hit in thirteen at-bats with three walks between them.

In the sixth inning, the Dodgers threatened to mount a comeback, loading the bases. However, the Diamondbacks made a strategic pitching change, replacing Gallen with rookie left-hander Andrew Saalfrank. Saalfrank forced an infield RBI single by Kiké Hernández but ultimately left the Dodgers trailing by two runs.

Despite a late rally attempt, the Dodgers could not overcome the Diamondbacks’ lead. Their offensive struggles continued, going 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position during the series. Now, they face the daunting task of winning three consecutive games to avoid another early exit from the NLDS.

As the series shifts to Arizona, the Diamondbacks are filled with confidence, while the Dodgers must regroup and find a way to turn the tide.

“The job’s not finished,” emphasized Zac Gallen, as his team leads the series 2-0.

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