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D-backs-Dodgers NLDS Game 2: In Real Life

October 7, 2017

The Dodgers overran the D-backs, 8-5, in Game 2 to take a 2-0 lead in the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile. We were on the scene in and around Dodger Stadium.12:25 a.m. ET: Hill rallies the fansRich Hill, the Dodgers' starter who worked four innings of two-run ball,

The Dodgers overran the D-backs, 8-5, in Game 2 to take a 2-0 lead in the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile. We were on the scene in and around Dodger Stadium.
12:25 a.m. ET: Hill rallies the fans
Rich Hill, the Dodgers' starter who worked four innings of two-run ball, was seen in the dugout holding a sign encouraging the Dodger Stadium crowd to "make some noise" during a rally in the seventh. The Dodgers benefited from two singles, a walk and a fielding error to add an insurance run for an 8-5 lead.

12:10 a.m. ET: Drury feasts on first pitch
Brandon Morrow picked a bad time to allow his first home run of 2017. The Dodgers right-hander was called upon to face pinch-hitter Brandon Drury with no outs in the seventh inning. And Drury pulverized Morrow's first-pitch fastball into the left-field pavilion, cutting the Dodgers' lead to 7-5. The exit velocity off the bat was 109.2 mph, according to Statcast™, for Drury's hardest-hit home run of the year. Morrow -- whose 170 batters faced this season were the most by any pitcher who didn't allow a home run -- would retire the next three hitters in order. But his first offering certainly opened the door for some late-innings theater.

11:29 p.m. ET: Dodgers grab control with 4-run 5th
The bottom of the Dodgers' lineup is certainly doing its part. Los Angeles jumped on the D-backs' bullpen in the fifth with a four-run rally to take a 7-2 lead. John Forsythe opened the scoring with an RBI single, his second hit of the night. Then, Austin Barnes smashed a two-run double into the left-field corner, putting the Dodgers on top, 6-2. (In his first career playoff start, Barnes reached base in his first three plate appearances.) Yasiel Puig capped the four-run outburst with an RBI knock of his own, and the Dodgers' 6-8 hitters were 6-for-8 with a walk through five innings.

10:50 p.m. ET: LA takes lead as Ray labors
Robbie Ray's control problems finally caught up to him in the fourth inning. The Dodgers loaded the bases with three consecutive singles against him, prompting James Farmer to pinch-hit for starting pitcher Rich Hill. Ray worked into a 1-2 count but bounced a slider that allowed Logan Forsythe to scamper home as the tying run. It was Ray's third wild pitch of the night, making him just the sixth pitcher in history with three wild pitches in a postseason game -- and the first since Yovani Gallardo in 2011. After Farmer struck out, Chris Taylor bounced an infield single to the left of shortstop, putting the Dodgers on top, 3-2.

9:56 p.m. ET: Dodgers scratch out a run
Without needing a hit, the Dodgers pulled one back in the bottom of the second inning. An erratic Robbie Ray walked two of the first three hitters he faced, then uncorked a wild pitch, putting both runners in scoring position. Yasiel Puig followed with a chopper to third that plated Enrique Hernandez and cut the Arizona lead to 2-1. But Ray would escape the threat one batter later, striking out Rich Hill on three pitches.

9:14 p.m. ET: Gold dusted
Paul Goldschmidt wasted no time putting the D-backs on top. After A.J. Pollock drew a one-out walk against Dodgers starter Rich Hill, Goldschmidt crushed a 1-0 fastball into the Dodgers' bullpen in left. It left his bat at 109 mph and traveled a projected 430 feet, according to Statcast™, giving Arizona a 2-0 lead, its first of the series. For Goldschmidt, it was his second first-inning dinger of the postseason, after the Wild Card Game blast. In seven career playoff games, Goldschmidt has gone deep four times.

8:24 p.m. ET: Cute and ready to root
These D-backs fans traveled far to see their team.

7:58 p.m. ET: Fair or towel?
Rally towels have been distributed at Dodger Stadium.

7:44 p.m. ET: The Lamb lies down
Jake Lamb takes batting practice -- in slow-mo.

7:32 p.m. ET: Batter pup
Spotted at Dodger Stadium: a canine fan.

7:00 p.m. ET: Snake walk
The D-backs take the field to stretch before batting practice.

6:49 p.m. ET: Offspring who dings
Cody Bellinger's parents are in attendance at batting practice.

6:30 p.m. ET: Hat trick
Yasiel Puig jokes around with young fans at batting practice while Clayton Kershaw looks on.

6:24 p.m. ET: Sophomoric advice
Ahead of Game 2, Corey Seager shares postseason words of wisdom for rookies Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor.

6:16 p.m. ET: Getting loose
Batting practice is underway at Dodger Stadium, with the home team swinging first.

6:06 p.m. ET: 22-step
Clayton Kershaw, who notched the win for the Dodgers Friday in Game 1, works out on his off-day.

5:32 p.m. ET: Dodger that
The Game 2 lineup for Los Angeles is set.

5:28 p.m. ET: Turn the cage
Game 2 batting practice is scheduled to start at Dodger Stadium around 6 p.m. ET.

5:12 p.m. ET: Tai spy
Taijuan Walker, who took the loss for the D-backs in Game 1 on Friday, completes his next-day running program.

4:29 p.m. ET: Fine nine
Arizona's lineup is set for Game 2.

4:19 p.m. ET: Hollywood and (Ra)vine
The sky is clear and the sun is out above Dodger Stadium.

2:10 p.m. ET: Lowe and behold!
Actor Rob Lowe is still raving about last night's Dodgers win -- and his game-watching company.