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Darvish fights for 5 as Dodgers win

11 August 2017

Darvish was Darvish in his Dodgers debut last Friday.

When it comes to the Arizona Diamondbacks, will an eight-game home stand in the middle of August make or break their season?

The Chicago Cubs take on the Arizona Diamondbacks in game one of a three game weekend set from Chase Field in Major League Baseball action on Friday.

Entering the seventh inning, Greinke had allowed just one hit-the homer to Bellinger-but the rookie got the best of him again to start the rally in the seventh inning. When the situation dictated he elicit a swing-and-miss, he extorted a swing-and-miss.

"How many wins is that?" the unidentified player said.

Paul Goldschmidt homered in the fourth inning - as he typically does whenever the Dodgers and Diamondbacks meet.

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Manager Dave Roberts reported Tuesday that Kershaw (back) will likely throw a bullpen session this weekend in Los Angeles, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. Banda, the organization's top prospect, turned 24 on Thursday. They were charged with 19 runs in 11 1/3 innings over the Dodgers' first four games here.

On the next pitch, Molina drilled his 14th homer of the season into the left field seats for his fifth career slam.

At once it was clear that Darvish was not wielding his standard command.

Andrew Chafin, despite a rocky season, was given the ball in the ninth inning. Maeda put together a decent start last night and Ryu up to this point has topped Maeda's performance.

Although Yu Darvish will be a free agent at the end of the season and is just a rental, there is no reason to believe that the Dodgers wouldn't try to resign Darvish if he performs up to their standards. If Darvish was tipping his pitches, the Mets didn't pick up on it. He then left a cutter over the middle to Lamb, who ripped it to right field, where Forsythe was perfectly positioned in a shift.

Kuhl, who came up to the Pirates in 2016, drove in the first runs of his major league career with a two-run single.

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Darvish found pinpoint command. Then threw a awful pitch to Joc, and he hit it good.

"I struggled to throw first-pitch strikes". Chris Taylor led off the inning with a solo homer but a walk, a throwing error by catcher Chris Iannetta and two infield singles led to two more runs.

The Diamondbacks got on the board in the third after Darvish issued a six-pitch leadoff walk. "It was a battle throughout the game", Darvish said through an interpreter. No pitcher before him had struck out 10 in each of his first two starts with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Of course, most Giants fans would probably relish the chance at seeing their rival reach the World Series, only to have their hearts stomped in Game 7. It had been more than three years since he had thrown that many pitches in five innings or fewer. Kuhl (5-7), held the Tigers scoreless on two hits through the first five innings before Detroit scored three runs in the sixth. So this gives the Dodgers a healthy competition that brings out the best in those two starters in particular, but for the other three, it's something different that helps them perform while Kershaw is out.

The remaining question was why had Darvish not lessened his fastball usage earlier in the game.

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Darvish fights for 5 as Dodgers win