Kershaw (1-0) gave up just five hits in 6 1/3 innings, but four of the hits were solo home runs. That wouldn't be the case Friday, mostly because giving three-time Cy Young victor Clayton Kershaw that kind of cushion isn't the recipe for success.
The Dodgers will counter with left-hander Rich Hill, despite his struggles against Arizona this season and in his career.
Walker, 25, was 9-9 with a 3.49 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 146 strikeouts in 157 1/3 innings this season.
While the Diamondbacks can take a minor consolation in reaching Kershaw for four homers, Lovullo make the point to Call to the Pen that his team is tough and will respond. "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 the first inning, just before hitting his double, he stuck it out to lick his bat, only to recoil when he realized the taste of a bat slathered with pine tar is actually quite disgusting.
Now they have Ray going in Game 2 on more-or-less regular rest.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he was wholly unsurprised to witness Puig's tongue-wagging moment, noting that his right fielder is nicknamed "Wild Horse". There was awesome baserunning by Cody Bellinger, Taylor, Turner, and then that insane tongue-wagging triple in the bottom of 7 by Yasiel Puig. Martinez in the sixth, then back-to-back homers in the seventh by Adam Rosales and Ketel Marte. Before the game started, fans packed Dodger Stadium as the team started its postseason run.
Following an AJ Pollack home run in the third, the Dodgers answered back in the fourth inning, the Dodgers loaded the bases, and shortstop Corey Seager plated a run on RBI single, Turner followed Seager with an RBI single of his own.
"Forty-eight pitches (in) one inning is a lot for any pitcher to absorb", Lovullo said.
Since his arrival with the Arizona Diamondbacks, J.D. The way starting pitching has been this postseason, the Dodgers need to get to Ray and score as much as possible.
"We wanted to put the pitcher's back against the wall", Turner said, whose five RBIs in this game tied a Brooklyn-Los Angeles franchise mark for most RBIs in one post-season contest.