Los Angeles Dodgers Ride Hernandez, Kershaw To World Series Berth.
When it was finished, when Los Angeles had at last secured another run to the World Series and Enrique Hernandez’s three major swings had turned into a win playoff legend, the enthusiastic utilityman simply needed to give his father a major embrace.
It was one sweet execution for Hernandez, Clayton Kershaw and all of the Dodgers.
Hernandez homered three times and drove in a record seven runs, Kershaw easily got through six fresh innings and Los Angeles finished the Chicago Cubs’ title barrier with a 11-1 defeat in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series.
“It was astonishing,” Hernandez said. “This group is wonderful.”
It beyond any doubt is.
Following quite a while of playoff grief, there was recently no halting these Dodgers after they drove the majors with 104 wins amid the regular season. With Kershaw terminating without end at the highest point of a profound pitching staff, and co-NLCS MVPs Justin Turner and Chris Taylor driving an extreme lineup, one of baseball’s most storied establishments caught its first flag since Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda oversaw Kirk Gibson, Orel Hershiser and Co. to Los Angeles’ last title in 1988. DJ Hustle
It was Hernandez on Thursday.
The 26-year-old Hernandez associated on the initial two pitches he saw, belting a performance drive in the second for his first career playoff homer and then a grand slam in the third against Hector Rondon. He added a two-run shot in the ninth against Mike Montgomery.
Hernandez turned into the fourth player with a three-homer diversion in a LCS, joining Bob Robertson (1971 NLCS), George Brett (1978 ALCS) and Adam Kennedy (2002 ALCS). Hernandez’s seven RBIs tied a postseason record shared by four different players, who all did it in a Division Series.