The Dodger bats trounced Arizona pitching again in game 2 leading the way to an emotionally charged 8-5 win on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium to give the boys in blue a 2-0 series lead in their best of five National League playoff series. With the series shifting to Phoenix on Monday the Dodgers are just one win away from sweeping the Snakes and advancing to the NLCS. If the Dodgers do sweep I think the Colorado Rockies should get an assist. Seriously, thank you Rockies.
If it were not for the Rockies forcing the Dbacks to burn their best pitchers in the NL Wild Card game then perhaps this might have been a different outcome. Arizona’s game 2 starter Robbie Ray who normally transforms into Randy Johnson when he faces the Dodgers made 34 pitches in the wild card game. You have to believe that could have had an effect on him as the Dodgers knocked him out of the game with just one out in the fifth inning. Ray would issue four walks and allow four earned runs in just 4.1 innings pitched. This certainly makes winning your division super important in this current postseason format. That one game playoff is just the best.
And guess who led the way in the second game’s offensive onslaught? Second baseman Logan Forsythe had the game of his life on Saturday, going 3 for 5 with three singles and an RBI. He also scored three runs and stole a base to boot. His bat was listless for the Dodgers in the regular season. Forsythe batted just .224 posting an 84 OPS+ during the regular campaign. Just to give you an idea of how rare this was, know that Forsythe had just five games where he got three hits or more in a contest. He has 4 hits during this series already. He’s also scored four runs.
Forsythe singled in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings. His fifth inning single drove in Cody Bellinger to put the Dodgers ahead 4-2. He also scored on a wild pitch as well. His bloop single in the fifth was definitely a momentum shifter in this game. Talk about getting hot at just the right time.
The pitching has to get better because giving up ten runs in two games isn’t going to cut it in the playoffs. If the Dodgers keep swinging these hot bats like they have been, then it might not matter. My goodness! Stay hot Logie bear.