PHOENIX — The hard-hitting Arizona Diamondbacks rode a record-setting barrage of solo homers within the third inning to a 4-2 win in Recreation 3 of the NL Division Sequence on Wednesday evening, sweeping the 100-win Los Angeles Dodgers out of the playoffs.
The D-backs return to the NL Championship Sequence for the primary time since 2007, the place they’ll face both the Phillies or Braves.
Arizona – the No. 6 seed after squeezing into the NL playoff bracket with an 84-78 report – has gained all 5 of its video games in the course of the postseason, sweeping apart each the Brewers in a best-of-three sequence and the Dodgers in a best-of-five.
The wild-card Diamondbacks gained with brawn on this one, slugging a postseason-record 4 homers within the third off veteran righty Lance Lynn, all solo pictures from Geraldo Perdomo, Ketel Marte, Christian Walker and Gabriel Moreno.
That gave Arizona a 4-0 lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
The NL West champion Dodgers rallied for 2 runs within the seventh on two-out RBI singles from Chris Taylor and Kiké Hernández off side-armer Ryan Thompson, however lefty Andrew Saalfrank entered and retired Austin Barnes on a groundout.
Will Smith had a one-out single within the ninth off nearer Paul Sewald, however Chris Taylor hit a flyout to deep middle in entrance of the 413-foot signal Hernandez flied out to left to finish it.
Lynn cruised by way of the primary two innings of a scoreless sport – giving no indication what was about to return.
Perdomo began the scoring with a leadoff homer, his first lengthy ball since Aug. 13. One out later, Marte hit a 428-foot drive to proper on a 1-0 cutter. With two outs, Walker pulled a 3-1 cutter to left for a 3-0 lead, drawing one other roar from the Chase Discipline crowd.
Then got here No. 4: Moreno sliced a 2-1 fastball down the road to the other area that proper area umpire Gabe Morales referred to as truthful. However the umpires huddled and crew chief Todd Tichenor reversed the decision to foul, a choice upheld by a video assessment.
Moreno then drove Lynn’s very subsequent pitch – a dangling slider – 420 ft over the left-field wall, flipping his bat excessive within the air as he began his trot.
Just a few moments later, a dejected Lynn handed the ball to supervisor Dave Roberts and trudged towards the dugout.
Lynn gave up 44 homers within the common season, probably the most within the majors. The earlier mark of three homers in a postseason inning had been achieved 12 occasions, most lately by the Dodgers towards Atlanta in 2020.
D-backs rookie right-hander Brandon Pfaadt threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings, giving up two hits and hanging out two.
Whereas the D-backs thrived, the Dodgers had no solutions for a 3rd straight sport. A stacked lineup with a pair of former MVPs – Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman – couldn’t make a lot of an influence all through the sequence.
Each All-Stars struck out within the eighth towards Kevin Ginkel with a runner on first. Betts completed the sequence 0 for 11 whereas Freeman was 1 for 10.
Roberts made a number of lineup modifications upfront of Recreation 3.
He flipped Smith and J.D. Martinez within the order, dropping Smith to fifth and transferring Martinez as much as third. Hernández began rather than James Outman in middle area.
EMOTIONAL FIRST PITCH
The 4 sons of Arizona Diamondbacks basic supervisor Mike Hazen threw out the ceremonial first pitch in honor of their mother Nicole Hazen, who died from mind most cancers in 2022.
Hazen’s 4 sons are Charlie (17), John (16), Teddy (15) and Sam (13).
Nicole Hazen was identified with glioblastoma in 2020 and fought the illness for greater than two years. She was 45 when she died.
It was the primary playoff sport at Chase Discipline since 2017 and the stadium’s retractable roof was open. The temperature was within the excessive 80s at first pitch. It was a sellout crowd of 48,175.
Arizona performs Recreation 1 of the NL Championship Sequence at Atlanta or Philadelphia on Monday. The defending NL champion Phillies maintain a 2-1 lead in that best-of-five sequence, with Recreation 4 on Thursday evening in Philadelphia.