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Dodgers return to world series 28 years later

Dodgers return to world series 28 years later

Puerto Rican Enrique Hernández hit three home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in seven runs to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to their first World Series since 1988 by defeating the Chicago Cubs 11 × 1 on Thursday.

The Dodgers dethroned the defending Major League Baseball champions by winning the best-of-seven series 4-1 to claim the National League Championship pennant, and will play for their first crown in 29 years.

They will face from Tuesday in another best-of-seven cap, the winner of the American League between the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros, a series that lead the first 3-2 for the sixth game on Friday in Houston.

Kike Hernandez, a Dodgers left fielder, hit a solo homer in the second inning, another four-run RBI in the third and a two-lap RBI in the ninth.

The Dodgers’ 16-hit offense, seven of them extra-base hits, underpinned the good work of the left-handed starter Clayton Kershaw, who in six innings left the Cubs with three hits and one run, this one by a homerun by Kris Bryant in the fourth inning. .

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“It feels good to hear that from the World Series,” Kershaw said. “It took a long time for this team. I never thought I would play in a World Series. It is difficult to assimilate it at this moment.

Hernandez set a league championship series record by driving in seven runs in a game, and tied another mark by hitting three home runs in a game.

«I told Yasiel (Puig) that I was going to hit a third home run and he replied that three home runs was almost impossible. ‘you’re crazy man’ and I went out and gave it. I’m very happy to have helped the team today, ”said Hernández.

In 1988, the last time the Dodgers advanced to a World Series, Clayton Kershaw, the winning pitcher, was months old, and Kike Hernandez was two years away from birth.

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Dodgers with all their might

The Cubs struggled to work out the Dodgers’ pitching, which they hit with just one hit in this series with running backs in scoring position.

The Dodgers relief pitchers will enter the World Series after working 23 consecutive scoreless innings in these playoffs.

Left-hander Kershaw, a three-time Cy Young winner, had his sixth postseason win, while on the mound rival Cubs left-hander Jose Quintana, of Colombia, could barely hold two innings in his second outing of this series.

The Colombian took the backhand by allowing six hits and six runs, all earned, in two innings.

The Dodgers opened the board in the first act by walking Chris Taylor and Cody Bellinger’s double to right field.

Hernandez hit his first playoff home run on Quintana’s first pitch in the second inning to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.

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Taylor opened the third inning with a ground rule double and scored on Justin Turner’s single to right for the Dodgers’ 3-0.

Then, Bellinger and the Cuban Yasiel Puig punished Quintana with singles to load the bases, which caused the departure of the ‘caftero’ pitcher and the call to the right-hand reliever Héctor Rondón.

With one out on the board and the bases loaded by Dodgers, ‘Kike’ Hernández took the ball out of the park from Venezuelan Rondón, to score the first Dodgers grand slam since 2008 on the center-field wall of Wrigley Field, increasing to Dodgers ahead 7-0.

The Cubs had only had seven runs in the entire series up to that point.

Los Angeles added two more runs in the fourth inning off reliever John Lackey and finished off the job with Hernandez’s third homer, which found Puig in circulation on base per hit.

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