"I'm just hoping to learn from it".
The Diamondbacks head to Los Angeles confident in the knowledge they were the better team in a head-to-head setting during the regular season, winning 11 of their 19 games against the Dodgers, including the last six in a row, in late August and early September, accounting for almost half of the Diamondbacks' season-high 13-game winning streak and contributing greatly to the 1-16 stretch that halted the Dodgers' momentum.
Paul Goldschmidt launched an early three-run homer and the Diamondbacks built a 6-0 lead before ace Zack Greinke faltered.
The Rockies did well in fighting back with back-to-back home runs from Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story to again put Arizona on the defensive.
The Dodgers are next for the D-backs in the National League Division Series. Los Angeles is 0-9 in their last 9 home games against a team with a winning record and 6-1 in their last 7 division matchups while the over is 7-3 in their last 10 home games. But when when we think about this game in the future, Bradley will be the first man we think of. But after the long, hard-fought battle, we love them all the more. Yet, the Giants lost 98 games, finishing 40 games behind the Dodgers in the West, and the Diamondbacks and Rockies made the playoffs.
It was that kind of insane night in the desert as two NL West foes slugged it out. "I'll be ready", Gray said Sunday before the Rockies wrapped up their regular season with a 6-3 loss to the Dodgers. "But the pitcher is up, two outs".
Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray finished the season strong, holding opponents to three runs or less in 13 consecutive starts, while Arizona's Zach Greinke stumbled down the stretch, getting rocked by the Miami Marlins for eight runs and three homers before lasting just four innings in his final start of the season.
In this coin-flip matchup, the Rockies are sending their young gun to the mound in Gray-a 25-year-old righty with a career ERA of 4.40 and fewer than 60 Major League Baseball starts under his belt. The team has never won a championship in the years it had more than 100 regular-season victories. He hit.377 in September and in the wild-card game hit a ball deep to center for a solo homer in the seventh inning off Bradley. The hosts hadn't even scored in the last three, but the Diamondbacks ended that before their first out.
Wednesday was no different, as Rockies starter Jon Gray was touched up for four earned runs off seven hits in just 1.3 innings.
Greinke gave up six hits and four runs in 3-2/3 innings.
The 3 runs in the first inning were the second most in club history in the initial frame, behind only the 2011 NLDS Game 4 vs. Brewers (5 runs). Then Archie walks up there in a situation where I feel like he's prepared for, and we talked to him during the course of the year, especially as were winding down and aiming toward the postseason that he might have moments like that and get some swings and continue work and know that could come up. "We play 'em all the time", Goldschmidt said. Every time we got close, they got big hits.