ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

It’s time for the real Arizona Diamondbacks to show up

Oct 7, 2017, 11:24 PM
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, left, tags out Arizona Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock d...
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, left, tags out Arizona Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock during the third inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LOS ANGELES — D-backs manager Torey Lovullo wasn’t very happy with the way his team opened the National League Division Series Friday night in a 9-5 loss to the Dodgers.

After the Game 1 loss, Lovullo admitted as much.

“We didn’t have a great game, that wasn’t a typical Arizona Diamondback night,” he said. “I just want our guys to go out there and be themselves and see where that lands us.”

To quote Judge Elihu Smails, played by the late, great Ted Knight, from the movie Caddyshack, “well, we’re waiting.”

The Diamondbacks looked listless and at times, lost, in an 8-5 Game 2 defeat Saturday night.

Starting pitcher Robbie Ray wasn’t himself, as many D-backs fans expected considering Ray’s workload over the last seven days. The lefty All-Star was effectively wild at first, then just wild in an outing that lasted just 4.1 innings.

The bullpen struggled. Rookie right-hander Jimmie Sherfy, who didn’t give up a run in 11 late-season relief apperances, inherited trouble in the fifth inning and folded up, allowing three hits and three runs without recording an out.

“I felt like Jimmie was ready for that challenge,” Lovullo said. “He’s been very good in that situation throughout the course of the back end of the year.”

J.D. Martinez missed a cutoff man that led to an extra base for the Dodgers, who later cashed in. Ketel Marte had a costly error, squashing some late game momentum supplied by a Brandon Drury three-run pinch-hit home run that pulled Arizona within two runs.

Sure, the D-backs are wearing the same Sedona Red (and gray and teal) uniforms they’ve worn all season long, but this team just looks different. They’re certainly playing differently.

When the Diamondbacks shocked the baseball world and signed Zack Greinke to a massive $206.5 million contract in December of 2015, peopled scoffed. Then they flat-out guffawed through a lost 2016 season during which the former Cy Young winner looked downright average at times.

Greinke was great throughout most of 2017, but those same critics got another opportunity to roll around on the floor Wednesday after he exited the Wild Card game in the fourth inning.

Now he has a chance to finally quiet that crowd Monday night in Phoenix. This is what the D-backs got him for.

“He’s been that guy for us all year long,” Lovullo said. “We’ve built around him. He set the pace for the entire pitching staff all year long.

“So if you’ve got to pick one guy to stop this situation we’re in, I think we’ve found the right guy in Zack Greinke.”

For the D-backs to be the team they were from April to September, Lovullo better hope so.


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Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen celebrates after their win against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig, left, and first baseman Cody Bellinger celebrate after their win against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes, right, and relief pitcher Kenley Jansen celebrate after their win against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes, left, and relief pitcher Kenley Jansen celebrate after their win against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, left, tags out Arizona Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock during the third inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Jimmie Sherfy is taken out of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill fires up the crowd during the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Los Angeles Dodgers' Chris Taylor watches his RBI-single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Arizona Diamondbacks' Brandon Drury, right, celebrates his three-run home run with Ketel Marte against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Josh Fields throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Arizona Diamondbacks' Brandon Drury, left, rounds the bases after a three-run home run past Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger during the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Arizona Diamondbacks' Brandon Drury, right, celebrates his three-run home run with Ketel Marte against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Arizona Diamondbacks' Brandon Drury celebrates in the dugout his three-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brandon Morrow during the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Arizona Diamondbacks' Brandon Drury hits a three-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brandon Morrow during the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Arizona Diamondbacks' Brandon Drury watches his three-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brandon Morrow during the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Jorge De La Rosa throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers' Austin Barnes celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a single by Yasiel Puig during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig celebrates after hitting a RBI-single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Jimmie Sherfy is taken out of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner gets hit by a pitch during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Robbie Ray throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers' Austin Barnes celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a single by Yasiel Puig during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Jorge De La Rosa throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, throws against Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, throws Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers' Austin Barnes watches his two-RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Los Angeles Dodgers' Logan Forsythe watches his RBI-single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, left, tags out Arizona Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock during the third inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig celebrates after a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig celebrates after a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig celebrates after a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Los Angeles Dodgers' Logan Forsythe celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a wild pitch during the fourth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig celebrates after a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers' Logan Forsythe scores on a wild pitch during the fourth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Robbie Ray throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig's glove and hat sit in the dugout as Enrique Hernandez bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta, right, can't get a glove on a wild pitch to Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig during the second inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt, right, celebrates his two-run home run with A.J. Pollock against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Robbie Ray throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt watches his two-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta, right, can't get a glove on a wild pitch to Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig during the second inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig's glove and hat sit in the dugout as Enrique Hernandez bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Robbie Ray throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, left, tags out Arizona Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock during the third inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Members of the Arizona Diamondbacks warm up before Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Fresh bases are set out before Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) A Los Angeles Dodgers fans watches during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt celebrates after after a two-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt watches his two-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt hits a two-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Members of the Arizona Diamondbacks warm up before Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier watches batting practice before Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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