LOS ANGELES -- The D-backs have shown their ability to hit home runs in this postseason, but more than anything else, they have proven to be a resilient team that never gives in and battles the opponent for 27 outs.That was the case again Saturday night at Dodger Stadium, as
LOS ANGELES -- The D-backs have shown their ability to hit home runs in this postseason, but more than anything else, they have proven to be a resilient team that never gives in and battles the opponent for 27 outs.
That was the case again Saturday night at Dodger Stadium, as Brandon Drury's pinch-hit three-run homer in the seventh inning gave Arizona a fighter's chance. But it was too little, too late in an 8-5 loss to the Dodgers in Game 2 of the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile.
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"They were beating us, 7-2, and I think it gave us a little life," said Drury of his first career postseason homer. "I guess it doesn't matter at the end of the day now. We've got to move on to the next game."
Drury came off the bench and pounced on the first pitch he saw from Dodgers right-hander Brandon Morrow, sending a towering homer halfway up the bleachers in left field. The three-run shot silenced the home crowd, which likely was surprised to see Morrow allow his first homer of 2017.
Drury's homer traveled a projected 422 feet, with a launch angle of 28 degrees and a maximum height of 99 feet, according to Statcast™. The ball left the bat at 109 mph, which made it Drury's hardest-hit ball of the year.
"I was just looking for a heater and he just hung a breaking ball," Drury said. "I just saw it up and hit it pretty good."
With one swing of the bat, the D-backs were right back in the game. They have flexed their muscles in the batter's box with six homers in two games at Dodger Stadium. The long balls turned a six-run deficit in Game 1 into a 7-4 game, and Drury's homer in Game 2 cut into a five-run Dodgers advantage. Unfortunately for Arizona, it hasn't been able to get over the hump.
After the game, manager Torey Lovullo complimented his team's resilience, and said it gives the club confidence heading home to Chase Field for Monday's Game 3 despite being on the brink of elimination, down 0-2 in the best-of-five series.
"You know, that's one of the great characteristics of this team," Lovullo said. "We're a smart, tough baseball team. We feel like we can strike at any time offensively. We were just always looking for that moment and that edge.
"And that's what leads me to think we're going to be OK getting home, kind of regrouping the troops a little bit, and getting ready for a tough battle on Monday. I know these guys are going to challenge themselves. I know these guys are going to be ready for that, and we'll see where that lands us."
The players feel the same way, too. They know they are never out of a game, and never out of a series, until it's over.
"We've been doing that the whole year," Drury said. "I think that's just kind of what's in our DNA. We don't quit. So it's kind of like this situation we're in right now. We're down 0-2, but nobody is going to quit. We've won three games in a row against the Dodgers before, so we believe anything is possible."
**Austin Laymance** is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.