The Los Angeles Dodgers won their first National League pennant since 1988 Thursday evening, defeating the Chicago Cubs 11-1 at Wrigley Field to win the National League Championship Series four games to one.
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Kike Hernandez hit three home runs, including a third-inning grand slam, to lead the Dodgers 16-hit attack.
Hernandez and Justin Turner were selected as the co-MVPs of the series.
Clayton Kershaw limited the Cubs to three hits over six innings and struck out five for the victory. Chicago was held to one hit over the final three innings by three Dodger relievers.
The Dodgers will open the World Series Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, facing either the New York Yankees or Houston Astros. Game 6 of the American League Championship Series is set for Friday in Houston with the Yankees leading three games to two.
Hernandez drove in seven runs with a solo homer in the second and a two- run homer in the ninth in addition to the grand slam during the five-run third.
Cody Bellinger and Charlie Culberson also both had three hits for the Dodgers, who never trailed.
Bellinger doubled in Chris Taylor, who walked, in the first.
Justin Turner singled in Taylor, who doubled leading off the third.
Logan Forsythe doubled in Bellinger, who singled, and Yasiel Puig, who reached first on a fielder’s choice, in the fourth.
Kris Bryant homered in the bottom of the fourth for Chicago’s lone run.
Cubs starter Jose Quintana was charged with the loss, allowing six runs and six hits in two innings. He was relieved by Hector Rondon after each of the first four Dodger batters reached base in the third. Rondon struck out Forsythe, the first batter he faced, then allowed Hernandez’s grand slam.
Celebrations broke out following the victory, including a large group that gathered at Whittier Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue in East Los Angeles. Los Angeles City Hall and the U.S. Bank Tower were among the downtown Los Angeles buildings lit in blue.
“The Dodgers embody everything we love about L.A. — the grit, resilience, teamwork and talent that have built our city into one of the world’s most extraordinary places,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
“Only four wins stand between us and the championship that Angelenos have been waiting to bring home for a generation. I can’t wait to lose my voice cheering for this team in the Fall Classic.”
— City News Service
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