The Los Angeles Dodgers are going to the World Series for the first time since 1988!
The Dodgers defeated the Cubs on Thursday with a final score of 11-1. It was an outstandig performance from the offense, defense, and pitching staff, and definitley reminded all of Major League Baseball why the Dodgers are won 104 games during the regular season.
Los Angeles got on the board right away, which would ultimately set the tone for the night. Chris Taylor led off the game with a walk and was brought in by a Cody Bellinger double.
Then Kiké Hernandez would leadoff the second inning and hit a home run on the very first pitch that he saw!
The Dodgers entered the 3rd inning leading 2-0 and they broke the game wide open. Chris Taylor began the inning with a leadoff double and would be brought in thanks to a Justin Turner RBI single. Back-to-back singles from Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig would load the bases and force Joe Maddon to pull the Cubs starter, Jose Quintana, out of the game.
Hector Rondon would come in to try and clean up the mess, striking out Logan Forsythe for the first out of the inning. Then, with the bases loaded, Kiké Hernandez would come to the plate and hit a grand slam! Have a day, Kiké!
Believe it or not, the offense still had a little bit more left in them. Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig would get on base in the top of the 4th and would be brought in thanks to a two-run double off the bat of Logan Forsythe!
Then, in the top of the 9th inning, Kiké Hernandez would come up to bat with Yasiel Puig on base and hit yet another home run! His three home runs on the night tied the record for most home runs hit in a Championship Series. He is also the first player ever to hit three home runs in a postseason game at Wrigley Field! Is that not enough? Well, he’s also the first Dodger to hit three home runs in a postseason game! What’s that? You want more? Kiké Hernandez’s seven runs batted in is also an NLCS record and is also the most by a Dodger in a postseason game!
Enrique Hernandez, are you serious?pic.twitter.com/nrG1FbsHh7
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 20, 2017
The only Cubs run would come from a solo home run from Kris Bryant in the bottom of the 4th inning. That run would be the only blemish on Clayton Kershaw’s otherwise masterful six innings of work. The rest of the game would be split up between Kenta Maeda, Brandon Morrow, and Kenley Jansen, who would allow a combined one hit against the Cubs!
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