After outlasting the Washington Nationals in a down-to-the-wire, five game National League Division Series (NLDS), the Los Angeles Dodgers will have a quick turnaround, taking on the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the Championship Series (NLCS) on Saturday, October 15th.
The Nationals, meanwhile, still have never won a postseason series, winning three NL East titles in the past five years but losing in the NLDS each time.
The Cubs will trot out a similar collection of starting pitchers and hope for better outcomes in this year's NLCS.
That bullpen saved the Dodgers again in the deciding game of the NLDS, even if Kershaw had to ride to the rescue. "They're such grinds. And it's such a relieving feeling when they're over and you win".
"It's only fitting for Clayton to get the last out right there", Roberts said of his ace.
But the Dodgers won all three of his series appearances and when he relieved closer Kenley Jensen in the Game Five finale, he put his ultimate stamp on the divisional round.
As the game reached the seventh inning, pitcher Clayton Jershaw, who recorded 51 pitches and two one-out walk in during the ninth, stepped onto the field to strike our Wilmer Difo.
Baker and the Nationals dropped a 4-3 decision to LA in D.C. on Thursday night, and, inevitably, someone asked the 67-year-old skipper how it would feel when he had to unpack.
Staked to a 4-1 lead and nine outs to go, the Dodgers were riding high, but that cushion was erased nearly immediately when Grant Dayton allowed a two-run home run followed by a single to open the inning.
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"Doc just told me to be ready, it might be in the seventh", Jansen told Rizzo. Naturally, the Dodgers put Murphy on (his second intentional walk of the game) to load the bases, leaving the fate of the free world as we know it - or at least the fate of one really insane inning - in the hands of Rendon. who whiffed. He walked Danny Espinosa and gave up a two-run pinch-hit home run to Chris Heisey that made it a one-run game.
To get the final two outs, the Dodgers called on Clayton Kershaw, who threw 110 pitches two days ago.
LA's scoring all came in a four-run seventh off six Nationals pitchers, including Joc Pederson's homer off Max Scherzer.
"I think that with players to buy in and trust that we're doing the right things, that's first and foremost", Roberts said.
Pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz's single off reliever Sammy Solis plated the go-ahead run and Justin Turner hit a two-out, two-run triple off reliever Shawn Kelley. I'd like to - we've got to go back to the drawing board, better fundamental play, cut down on our strikeouts, cut down on our walks. Three games decided by a single run.
So to watch Chooch celebrate playoff euphoria with a franchise 3,000 miles away made me really miss the 2007-2011 good old days. His other one came in 2006 in the Gulf Coast League.
Dusty Baker: "I know Kershaw ain't pitching".
This game was dope in itself, but it was also representative of a series that jumped back and forth wildly between the two clubs.
"These are conversations that me, the front office, we have daily, about just kind of forward-thinking, being open-minded to how you can use guys in certain roles". Baez gave up one run on a hit batter, and Avilan came in only to give up the remaining Kershaw baserunners. "I trust Kenley, I believe in him". With two outs and Jayson Werth at first in the bottom of the sixth and the Nationals ahead 1-0, Ryan Zimmerman lofted a double into the left field corner. Urias is the youngest Dodger ever to pitch in the postseason, the 4th-youngest in Major League Baseball to pitch in the postseason, and the youngest ever to win.