D-Backs stun Dodgers with sweep, advance to 1st NLCS since 2007

D-Backs stun Dodgers with sweep, advance to 1st NLCS since 2007

The Arizona Diamondbacks completed a shocking sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS with a 4-2 win in Game 3 on Wednesday.

It’s only the third time Arizona has advanced to the NLCS in franchise history. The club last reached the championship series in 2007.

This is for you, Arizona. 🥹 pic.twitter.com/77d7cbLAsu

— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) October 12, 2023

The Diamondbacks finished 16 games behind the NL West-winning Dodgers during the regular season. They’re the first team in MLB history to sweep a postseason series against a club that won at least 15 more games in the regular season, according to OptaStats.

“There’s been so much hard work that’s gone into this,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo told MLB Network postgame. “I am so grateful to be a part of this organization. And to celebrate with these fans, to celebrate with this group, this ownership, I couldn’t be more thrilled.”

Arizona set a new postseason record for home runs in an inning after taking Dodgers right-hander Lance Lynn deep four times in the third frame.

The Diamondbacks hit nine home runs over the three contests after not hitting more than seven long balls in any three-game span during the regular season, according to NBC Sports’ Christopher Kamka.

Los Angeles starting pitchers had no answers for the Diamondbacks, registering a staggering 25.07 ERA in three games.

The Dodgers couldn’t get much going at the plate, with stars Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman combining for just one hit in 21 at-bats in the series.

“I did absolutely nothing to help us win,” Betts said, according to SportsNet LA’s J.P. Hoornstra.

After a strong postseason showing last season, Freeman finished the series against the Diamondbacks without an extra-base hit.

“I had pitches to hit all night and rolled them over, just like I’ve been doing for five weeks,” Freeman said, according to SportsNet LA.

Los Angeles has been on the wrong side of three of the six biggest postseason upsets in terms of regular-season win differential.

Series
Win Differential
Result

2022 NLDS
-22
Padres over Dodgers

2021 NLCS
-18
Braves over Dodgers

2023 NLDS
-16
D-Backs over Dodgers

“They outplayed us in every facet of the game,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, according to MLB.com’s Juan Toribio.

With the Baltimore Orioles also getting swept, this marks the first time in postseason history that multiple teams with at least 100 regular-season wins were swept in the playoffs, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

The Diamondbacks will face the winner of the division series between the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves. Arizona will begin the NLCS on the road, with Game 1 set for Monday.

Copyright © 2023 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.


Full Story »

Comments

Leave a Comment





More in News

Phillies could get key player back from injury for NLCS

The Philadelphia Phillies could be getting a significant boost for ...

Phillies’ Realmuto calls D-Backs’ confidence ‘daunting’

Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto isn't going to take the ...

Rangers activate Max Scherzer for ALCS: What starter means for Texas’ chances vs. Houston

Max is back. The Rangers officially placed starter Max Scherzer ...

2023 MLB odds: Why you should bet on Astros to win the ALCS, MVP pick

Astros baseball in October has become inevitable. FOX Sports MLB ...

Rangers vs. Astros predictions, start time, how to watch, pitching matchups: Live updates

Follow along as the Rangers take on the Astros in ...

Trending on Baseball Chronicle

Twins rookie Lewis hits 2nd grand slam in 2 days

The Twins' Royce Lewis became the 10th player to hit ...

Worst MLB single-season teams of all time

Trying to narrow down the 20 worst teams in Major ...

Caught Looking: Alex Cobb ranks surgeries, Chas McCormick pulling now, Triston Casas’ feel

Cobb smiles through the pain in remembering his many procedures. ...

Most-Shopped Celeb Recommendations in 2022: Kourtney Kardashian & More

We shared these celebrity-chosen items because we think you'll like ...