All good things must come to an end, and this is the case with the 2017 Arizona Diamondbacks season.
The Arizona Diamondbacks were swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series as they lost Game 3 on Monday night by a 3-1 score.
Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke didn’t have his best stuff as he walked five batters on 105 pitches (62 strikes) in five innings.
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He allowed three runs on four hits, including two home runs and struck out four batters.
The offense for the Diamondbacks was stymied by Dodgers’ starter Yu Darvish and their bullpen.
Darvish was very efficient in the outing, needing just 74 pitches (52 strikes) to complete five innings while fanning seven batters and allowing one run on two hits.
The Dodgers’ offense was just good enough, as first baseman Cody Bellinger hit an RBI groundout in the first inning and added a homer in the fifth frame.
Then in the sixth inning catcher, Austin Barnes hit a home run to extend the lead.
The Dodgers will advance to the NLCS and await the winner of the Washington Nationals/Chicago Cubs series.
The Diamondbacks could only muster three hits in the game and their lone run came on a Daniel Descalso homer in the fifth inning.
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The lineup had problems generating scoring chances and this was a surprise, considering they’ve played much better at home this year.
The five innings tossed by Greinke was the longest start by a Diamondbacks starting pitcher in the series.
This was the difference in the NLDS as the starting pitching for the Diamondbacks was a weakness.
The club faces numerous decisions in the offseason, and one of them is regarding free-agent outfielder J.D. Martinez.
He was a major force in the second half for the team but it will be extremely difficult to re-sign him to a long-term deal.
Though the Diamondbacks were swept in the NLDS, I’m very proud of how the team played in 2017 and I look forward to next season.
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