The Los Angeles Dodgers are headed to the 2017 World Series after a decisive 11-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs in NLCS Game 5.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are headed to the World Series for the first time since 1988 with a huge 11-1 win over the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series
The Dodgers scored in each of the game’s first four innings, with Cody Bellinger getting things started with an RBI double in the 1st inning to score Chris Taylor. Enrique Hernandez added a home run to center in the 2nd to put the Dodgers up 2-0 over the Cubs.
Los Angeles had a huge 3rd inning when Justin Turner had an RBI single to bring in Taylor. Hernandez came up with the bases loaded and knocked a grand slam to right center, scoring Turner, Bellinger and Yasiel Puig. The grand slam put the Dodgers up 7-0 over the Cubs.
The top of the 4th saw Logan Forsythe with a 2-run RBI double that brought in Bellinger and Puig. It wasn’t until the bottom of the 4th inning until the Cubs got on the board with a Kris Bryant blast to left field, making it 9-1 Dodgers.
Hernandez added another home run in the 8th inning, with this one a 2-run shot to extend the Dodgers’ lead to 11-1.
Clayton Kershaw, P, Dodgers: Kershaw earned his second career postseason with a dominant 6.0 inning performance. He allowed 3 hits, 6 strikeouts and only one earned run with the Kris Bryant home run in the 4th inning.
Enrique Hernandez, CF, Dodgers: Kike Hernandez set a new LCS RBI record with seven on the night. He had a solo shot, a two-run homer and a grand slam to cap off a magical Game 5.
Dodgers Bats: The Dodgers were able to connect Thursday night and give Clayton Kershaw some breathing room. This combination of consistently solid bats with lights out pitching has been the pattern throughout the entire NLCS, and it’s what makes Los Angeles a threat to their World Series opponent.
The Dodgers will wait to see whether they will face off against the Houston Astros or the New York Yankees in the 2017 World Series. The Yankees hold a 3-2 lead over the Astros in the ALCS with Game 6 scheduled for Friday, October 20 at 8:00 p.m. ET in Houston.
Game 1 of the 2017 World Series is Tuesday, Oct. 24.