The 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers finished the year with 94 wins, a division title and a date with the New York Mets in the NLCS.

The Dodgers entered the series as underdogs and split Games 1 and 2 at Chavez Ravine and lost Game 3 before storming back with consecutive wins in Games 4 and 5 to put the Mets on the brink of elimination. Orel Hershiser started Games 1 and 3, and didn’t earn a decision in either outing.

With the Dodgers in a near must-win situation in Game 4, Hershiser came on in relief in the 12th inning, one day after his last start, and earned a save to tie the series. After the Dodgers lost Game 6 at home, Hershiser was back on the mound for a decisive Game 7.

Making his third start of the series and fourth overall appearance, the Bulldog rose to the occasion and threw a complete-game shutout to send the Dodgers to the World Series for the first time since 1981.

Along with eventually taking home a World Series ring, Hershiser also won the NL Cy Young Award that season, had a 59 scoreless innings streak, and was named the NLCS and World Series MVP.

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