Al­ready, imag­ine the pos­si­bil­i­ties

Wood wins duel with Greinke, and Ped­er­son’s dou­ble is the key to sev­enth-in­ning rally against Di­a­mond­backs.

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Pe­dro Moura

PHOENIX — Two months from Wed­nes­day, the Dodgers most likely will play Game 3 of the Na­tional League divi­sion se­ries on the road. Most likely, they will start Alex Wood, their 26year-old All-Star left-han­der. Most likely, they will play either Ari­zona or Colorado, which­ever team wins the Na­tional League wild-card game.

If it is Ari­zona, the Di­a­mond­backs will most likely start exDodger Zack Greinke on Oct. 9 at Chase Field, mak­ing Wed­nes­day’s game quite the post­sea­son pre­view.

“Ob­vi­ously, you can look at the stand­ings and un­der­stand what’s pos­si­ble,” Dodgers man­ager Dave Roberts said. “If that does hap­pen, it’ll be fun.”

In Wood vs. Greinke at Chase Field Part 1, the Dodgers sur­passed the Di­a­mond­backs, 3-2, spurred by a sev­enth-in­ning rally against a tir­ing Greinke. Wood, im­prov­ing to 14-1, re­gained the ve­loc­ity he had lost in his last start by em­ploy­ing a hip ad­just­ment made Sun­day in New York, and both start­ing pitch­ers held their op­po­nents to a solo shot through five in­nings.

Cody Bellinger struck first to be­gin the sec­ond.

Greinke threw the rookie a fast­ball up and in, graz­ing the edge of the strike zone. Bellinger whipped his bat and gen­er­ated enough torque to pro­pel the ball out to right field.

That was the Dodgers’ lone hit un­til the sev­enth, though they drew four walks up to that point, in­clud­ing a dis­puted one in the sixth by Chris Tay­lor. For the ninth pitch of their bat­tle, Greinke fired a fast­ball along the ap­par­ent black of home plate. Tay­lor laid off, home-plate umpire Al­fonso Mar­quez called it a ball, and Greinke crouched in dis­be­lief, dis­play­ing more emo­tion than he typ­i­cally did as a


Wood per­mit­ted his first hit in the sec­ond, a dou­ble by J.D. Martinez, and a solo shot to Paul Gold­schmidt in the fourth. He left a fast­ball over the mid­dle of plate, and Gold­schmidt banged it off of the bat­ter’s eye.

Then, in the sixth, Yasiel Puig cursed him­self when he could not catch A.J. Pol­lock’s ground-rule dou­ble to right. That proved con­se­quen­tial when Martinez dug up a low changeup and stroked it to cen­ter field for the go-ahead sin­gle.

The Dodgers’ re­join­der was a sev­enth-in­ning rally. With the count 3-and-2, Greinke (13-5) threw Bellinger an­other up-and-in fast­ball, a lit­tle lower than ear­lier. Bellinger again an­tic­i­pated it and lined a dou­ble to right field. With two outs, Greinke missed with a 1-and-0 changeup and Joc Ped­er­son hit a ty­ing dou­ble to right to snap an 0-for-23 streak.

“You could see the ex­hale and the boy­ish smile,” Roberts said.

Two pitches later, Puig snuck a grounder into right field. As he neared first base, he hap­pily mo­tioned for Ped­er­son to run home.

As an ex­pla­na­tion for his demon­stra­tions, Puig said he has not been re­ceiv­ing many op­por­tu­ni­ties to drive in key runs be­cause of the likes of Bellinger and Tay­lor.

Af­ter Wood was pulled af­ter six in­nings, Roberts de­ployed Josh Fields in the sev­enth. When Fields set down the Di­a­mond­backs in seven pitches, Roberts stuck with the right-han­der for the eighth and earned an­other quick in­ning thanks to Gold­schmidt hit­ting into a dou­ble play.

Af­ter be­gin­ning to warm up with a man on in the eighth, Ken­ley Jansen waited out the Dodgers’ chal­lenge for in­sur­ance runs in the top of the ninth. He se­cured his 29th save, his lone mis­step a hit bats­man.

It was the Dodgers’ 80th vic­tory, and their 12th con­sec­u­tive in games de­cided by one run, dat­ing to June 28. Their play­ers were left to fend off ques­tions about how much they are think­ing about the play­offs.

Puig said he’d pre­fer to face Colorado over Ari­zona be­cause of how the Di­a­mond­backs have played the Dodgers this sea­son — close. But, when pressed, he said it did not much mat­ter.

Matt York As­so­ci­ated Press

JOC PED­ER­SON CEL­E­BRATES af­ter scor­ing the go-ahead run in the sev­enth in­ning on a sin­gle by Yasiel Puig. Ped­er­son had knocked in Cody Bellinger mo­ments be­fore with a dou­ble to tie score at 2-2.

Chris­tian Petersen Getty Im­ages

BELLINGER is greeted af­ter a solo home run against Zack Greinke.

Matt York As­so­ci­ated Press

JOC PED­ER­SON SLIDES in with the go-ahead run in the sev­enth in­ning as Jeff Mathis waits for the throw.

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