When: First pitch is set for 7:08 p.m. MST
Where: Chase Field (Roof hotline: 602-462-6262).
Pitchers: Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (17-7, 3.20) vs. Dodgers RHP Yu Darvish (10-12, 3.86 ERA)
TV broadcast crew: Brian Anderson, Dennis Eckersley, Joe Simpson and Lauren Shehadi
Radio: KMVP-AM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
Live streaming: MLB.tv will stream the NL wild-card game
NLDS Game 3 tickets sold out
The Diamondbacks said Monday afternoon that tickets for Game 3 of the NLDS had officially sold out.
The team made the announcement about 3 p.m., several hours before first pitch.
There are still tickets available to Game 4, which will be played Tuesday night in Phoenix if the Diamondbacks can win Monday.
Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at the Chase Field Box Office, by calling 602.462.4600 or online at dbacks.com/postseason.
Dodger’s didn’t bring their trunks
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the team won’t hop in the pool at Chase Field if the team closes out its National League Division Series against Arizona Diamondbacks, a celebration several Dodgers players took part in four years ago.
“That won’t happen,” Roberts said on Sunday. “This is a completely different team and I think we have bigger goals than to jump into a swimming pool.”
Yasiel Puig was among the current Dodgers who hopped into the RAM Trucks Pool in right center field after the Dodgers clinched the 2013 NL West pennant. The celebration drew a strong rebuke from Diamondbacks players, coaches and front-office personnel at the time.
READ THE STORY: Pool party not on the Dodgers agenda
D-Backs need to focus on small goals
For a team that loves downhill baseball, the Diamondbacks are facing a steep climb. After losing the first two games in Los Angeles, they must essentially sweep the Dodgers for a third time this season. But all comebacks begin with small goals.
Start with the pool, where the Dodgers staged an impromptu celebration after clinching the NL West in 2013. That was a terrible breach of etiquette and respect, like pouring chlorine in an open wound. That can’t happen again.
The Diamondbacks can prevent a sequel by surrounding the pool with security guards. Or they can defend the renewed sense of pride at Chase Field by winning two games, where they were just one of three major league teams to post 50 or more victories at home. A place where Archie Bradley uttered his famous rallying cry earlier in the season:
“This is our house!”
The challenge represents a second chance for Zack Greinke, who couldn’t get out of the fourth inning in his first playoff start with the Diamondbacks.
READ THE STORY: D-Backs, Zack Greinke must seize chance for atonement at home
How we got here
Over two nights at Dodger Stadium, the Diamondbacks have looked like imposters. Their starters have failed them. Their bullpen has coughed up runs at inopportune times. Their defense has made costly mistakes.
In losing 8-5 on Saturday night and falling behind two-games-to-none to the Los Angeles Dodgers in this best-of-five series, the Diamondbacks have looked nothing like the team that won 93 games during the regular season. They have looked overwhelmed. And they can’t seem to figure out why.
“It’s a great question,” reliever Archie Bradley said.
Lefty Robbie Ray was erratic in his 4 1/3 innings on Saturday. He walked four. He couldn’t throw his breaking balls for strikes. He had ridden to the rescue in the wild-card victory only three days earlier, but he could not hand the Diamondbacks their first quality start of the postseason.
“It was all self-inflicted,” Ray said. “I was just trying to do too much in situations where I didn’t need to.”
And so in Taijuan Walker and Robbie Ray, the Diamondbacks have watched as a pair of pitchers making their first postseason starts lasted a combined 5 1/3 innings in two days.
READ THE STORY: Diamondbacks find themselves on the brink