Dodgers face Diamondbacks' Taijuan Walker instead of Robbie Ray in Game 1

Dodgers face Diamondbacks' Taijuan Walker instead of Robbie Ray in Game 1

The Dodgers face Arizona starter Robbie Ray in Game 2 tonight.

Still, Arizona is handing the ball to right-hander Taijuan Walker in Game 1, which makes sense given Ray's two-plus innings of work in the wild-card game 48 hours earlier. Ray dominated the Dodgers during the regular season, going 3-0 in five starts with a 2.27 ERA and a whopping 53 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings. You've got your ace (Kershaw) on the mound and the ability to have Chase on the bench to use him at any point in time to impact the game, I think holds huge value.

The Dodgers will counter with left-hander Rich Hill, despite his struggles against Arizona this season and in his career. There will be a day off Sunday as the teams head to Phoenix, so Greinke will have his usual four days of rest between starts.

Despite the four home runs allowed, Kershaw earned his first ever postseason victory at Dodger Stadium in his career, spanning over 19 playoff starts.

Kershaw mostly cruised through six innings, giving up a solo homers to A.J. "I know certain things you may have seen throughout the course of the year would give you the feeling that it wasn't a great relationship", Lovullo said, "but believe it or not, it's a strong, kind of pushing forward type of relationship".

In Friday's first inning, Puig fouled off three two-strike pitches until he found a suitable fastball.

Ray remains a possibility for Game 2.

Closer Kenley Jansen was already up warming his arm when Seager hit that triple, so manager Dave Roberts brought him in anyway to let him in on the fun. There was awesome baserunning by Cody Bellinger, Taylor, Turner, and then that insane tongue-wagging triple in the bottom of 7 by Yasiel Puig.

Roberts removed Kershaw after he allowed homers to Ketel Marte and Jeff Mathis on back-to-back pitches with one out in the seventh.

The Diamondbacks came out swinging to start the game. Turner, the red-bearded slugger with postseason poise, added an RBI single in the fourth and another in the eighth to tie the Dodgers record for most RBIs in a postseason game.

In search of their first title since 1988, the Dodgers entered the postseason as rickety as a 104-win team could possibly be.

"No regrets whatsoever", he said. He just never reached a rhythm.

Hill's been effective against the D-backs, holding current Arizona players to a slash line of just.207/.270/.413.

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