Fans who tuned in to see Game 3 of the NL Division Series instead ended up watching a Cody Bellinger highlight video.
It certainly would have been hard to discern a hole in the Dodgers' construction during their Division Series sweep, in which they outscored the Diamondbacks by a 21-11 margin and excelled in every phase of the game. Arizona has won six of the last 10 meetings, but the Dodgers have won the most important two with their wins in this series.
While leading the majors in victories for the first time since 1974, they won 25 one-run games and 20 more by two runs.
The 22-year-old Bellinger became the youngest Dodger ever to hit a postseason home run. Kenley Jansen worked around a single by David Peralta for a three-out save, striking out Paul Goldschmidt to end it.
It is possible to make the case the Dodgers, at least as they appeared against the Diamondbacks, are even better now than they were at their regular-season best - which is saying something, considering they were 55 games over.500 at their high-water mark (91-36 on August 25) and were on a 116-win pace at that point. He struck out four and walked five.
In the second year of a $206.5 million, six-year contract, Greinke was 1-2 with a 3.65 ERA in four starts against Los Angeles this year.
It was only three games, but it was filled with the dominance the Lakers displayed in 2001 in winning their first 11 playoff games during the height of their dynasty. It was station-to-station baseball, and it was deployed perfectly to give the Dodgers an early 1-0 lead. But the four-time all-star went more than a month without a win around the same time the entire team went almost three weeks with just one. Darvish was pitching on 13 days' rest, and the extra days off really seemed to help him in the desert. His ERA is a full run better at Wrigley Field than on the road (2.90 versus 3.87).
In the bottom of the fifth, Bellinger made this incredible grab in front of the Dodgers dugout to end the inning. Los Angeles also kept Kyle Farmer as a third catcher behind Yasmani Grandal and Austin Barnes.
Greinke walked five in the first three innings, his season high.
After the Descalso homer cut the score to 2-1, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo was ready to pinch-hit for his ace in the fifth, but Bellinger's play on Mathis left the pitcher in the leadoff position to start the sixth. On Monday, his bold philosophies were on full display, beginning with a seemingly controversial lifting of Darvish after he hit pinch-hitter Christian Walker in the helmet to lead off the sixth.
On Monday night, though, Greinke struggled to put away hitters, needing 29 pitches to complete a laborious first inning and going to a full count on five of the first eight batters he faced. While the Arizona bullpen turned in four scoreless innings, 2 ⅔ by setup man Archie Bradley, the damage had been done.