Dodgers take commanding lead

09 October 2017 04:38:58 GMTPlus11

The Los Angeles Dodgers used timely hitting and a strong bullpen effort to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-5 Saturday evening.

In doing so they took a dominating 2-0 series lead in the National League Divisional Series at Chavez Ravine in Southern California.

Los Angeles has been pounding the ball in the first two games of this series, as the Dodgers have scored 17 runs on 24 hits in the two contests off of two of the top pitchers in baseball.

Arizona got a two run home run from their star hitter Paul Goldschmidt in the top of the first inning, but LA starting pitcher Rich Hill settled into a groove after the rough first inning.

The 37-year old veteran from Boston, Massachusetts lasted four innings giving up two earned runs on three hits allowing three walks and striking out four batters for the game.

Over in the nation's capital the Washington Nationals got five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to power past the Chicago Cubs 6-3 on Saturday afternoon to tie up the National League Division Series 1-1 at Nationals Stadium.

It seemed that the Cubs would be heading into Game 3 at Wrigley Field with a 2-0 lead over the Nationals before Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman both went deep to give Washington the crucial split.

Meanwhile in the American League the Cleveland Indians look to sweep the New York Yankees on Sunday, as the visitors come into Game 3 with a 2-0 lead. Carlos Carrasco takes the mound for the Indians and will square off against Masahiro Tanaka.

The Dodgers are 1.62 to win the World Series with the Indians 1001.00 and the Cubs priced at 21.00.

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