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Enrique Hernandez has three homers and sets an NLCS record for most RBIs in a game with seven as L.A. cruises to victory in Game 5 of NLCS. The World Series starts Tuesday at Dodger Stadium against the Yankees or Astros.


Dodgers crush Cubs in Game 5 to advance to the World Series for first time since 1988

Enrique Hernandez celebrates his grand slam. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Enrique Hernandez celebrates his grand slam. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

They met on the field as one, the fielders converging on the mound, the others leaping over the railings of the cramped Wrigley Field dugout onto the diamond. Inside the flock of Dodgers, a group headed to the World Series for the first time since 1988, Clayton Kershaw blended into the pack, relishing an 11-1 victory over the Cubs to clinch the National League pennant in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.

On a night when a 28-season drought ended, Kershaw reaped the benefits of an offensive bounty. Enrique Hernandez supplied a trio of home runs, including a grand slam in the third inning that transformed Wrigley Field into a tomb and a two-run blast in the ninth that turned the Dodgers dugout into a mosh pit. The Dodgers led by seven runs after three innings and by nine midway through the fourth. Kershaw responded to the largess with six innings of one-run baseball. He will be ready to start Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.

As October approached, the viability of Kershaw remained uncertain. He missed five weeks during the summer because of a back injury, his second in as many years. He surrendered more homers in 2017 than ever before. He gave up four homers in Game 1 of the National League Division Series, highlighting his vulnerability in this new era of launch angles and exit velocity.

In the past, the Dodgers relied upon Kershaw as their savior. In this postseason, they have lifted him up.

Dodgers rout Cubs 11-1 to advance to World Series

Bottom of the ninth. Kenley Jansen pitching.

Kris Bryant flied to left.

Anthony Rizzo flied to deep right.

Willson Contreras lined to short. 

DODGERS WIN!

Enrique Hernandez hits his third homer of evening to give Dodgers an 11-1 lead

Top of the ninth.

Cody Bellinger struck out swinging.

Yasiel Puig singled to center.

Logan Forsythe flied to right.

Enrique Hernandez homered to left. His third of the game. Dodgers lead 11-1. Hernandez has seven RBIs.

Austin Barnes singled to left.

Charlie Culberson singled to center.

Joc Pederson, batting for Brandon Morrow, struck out looking.

Dodgers 11, Cubs 1 

Dodgers are three outs away from first World Series since 1988

Bottom of the eighth. Brandon Morrow pitching.

Ben Zobrist struck out looking.

Cubs' No. 8 hitters have gone 0 for 31 in the postseason.

Ian Happ singled to center.

Albert Almora struck out swinging.

Kyle Schwarber struck out swinging.

Dodgers 9, Cubs 1

Dodgers lead 9-1 after top of the eighth

Top of the eighth.

Mike Montgomery pitching. Ian Happ in at second base.

Charlie Culberson tripled to center. 

Kyle Farmer, batting for Maeda, grounded to third. With the infield in, Culberson stayed at third.

Chris Taylor grounded to third, again Culberson holding.

Justin Turner grounded to short.

Jerry Post needs to learn an important lesson: Happy wife, happy life

Kami and Jerry Post. (Hailey Branson-Potts / Los Angeles Times)
Kami and Jerry Post. (Hailey Branson-Potts / Los Angeles Times)

Jerry and Kami Post are husband and wife. They're both Riverside law enforcement officers. 

And when it comes to sports, they're mortal enemies.

Kami, a probation officer, wore her Dodgers jersey to Wrigley Field on Thursday night. Jerry, a police pilot, was decked out in Cubs gear.

"I'm a die-hard Dodgers fan," she said. "He is a die-hard Cubs fan. We clash."

The two "met catching bad guys together 20 years ago," Jerry said. 

As they were flying in to Chicago on Wednesday night, Kami was conflicted. They had bought the Thursday night tickets a while back, so she kind of needed the Cubs to win on Wednesday so they could see the game on Thursday, her first at Wrigley Field during her first trip to Chicago.

The pilot kept calling the score over the intercom. He shouted, "Go, Cubbies!"

Kami cheered when either team scored.

But Thursday night, she was all Dodgers.

"I just feel bad he came so far to see the Cubs lose," she said, needling her husband.

"I truly believe the Dodgers are better and will probably win the series," he conceded. "But I'm glad to see them play here."

Kami, who said she has sang the national anthem twice at Dodger Stadium, has been a fan her whole life.

"I literally bleed Dodger blue," she said. "If they clinch tonight, I'm going to do a little dance, I'll be screaming, I might even shed a tear."

She won't be able to help herself. She's going to rub it in her husband's face a little. 

"It's going to be all about the Dodgers," she said. 

Dodgers are six outs away from first World Series since 1988

Bottom of the seventh. Kenta Maeda pitching.

Willson Contreras struck out swining.

Addison Russell flied to center.

Javier Baez struck out looking.

Dodgers 9, Cubs 1

Dodgers go down quietly in top of seventh

Top of the seventh. Brian Duensing pitching.

Yasiel Puig grounded to short.

Logan Forsythe grounded to short.

Enrique Hernandez walked.

Austin Barnes struck out looking.

 

Dodgers are nine outs away from first World Series since 1988

Bottom of the sixth.

Albert Almora flied to right, Yasiel Puig making a nice sliding catch.

Kyle Schwarber beat the shift with a bunt single to third.

Kris Bryant grounded to third, Justin Turner throwing Schwarber out at second, but Bryant beat the throw to first.

Anthony Rizzo hit a line drive, but Logan Forsythe made an easy catch in shallow right because of the shift.

Dodgers 9, Cubs 1

Dodgers retired in order in top of sixth

Top of the sixth.

Chris Taylor grounded to third.

Justin Turner flied to left.

Cody Bellinger struck out swinging.

Dodgers lead 9-1 after five innings

Bottom of the fifth.

Javier Baez struck out looking.

Ben Zobrist flied to right.

Tommy La Stella grounded to second.

Dodgers don't score in top of the fifth, still lead 9-1

Top of the fifth.

Austin Barnes grounded to third.

Charlie Culberson struck out swinging.

Clayton Kershaw grounded to the pitcher.

Watch Magic Johnson react to Enrique Hernandez's grand slam

Kris Bryant puts Cubs on board, but Dodgers still lead 9-1

Bottom of the fourth.

Kyle Schwarber struck out.

Kris Bryant homered to left. Clayton Kershaw has given up 8 homers in his last 17 postseason innings.

Anthony Rizzo grounded into the shift, with Logan Forsythe throwing him out from shallow right.

Willson Contreras singled to right.

Addison Russell grounded to second.

USC, Dodgers — it's all good for this duo

Efrain Nava and Raquel Casillas (Hailey Branson-Potts / Los Angeles Times)
Efrain Nava and Raquel Casillas (Hailey Branson-Potts / Los Angeles Times)

Efrain Nava and friend-since-college Raquel Casillas were getting ready to fly into Chicago to catch the USC football game Saturday at Notre Dame when something unexpected happened: The Dodgers lost Game 4 of the National League Championship Series against the Cubs.

They were sad, of course, but there was a silver lining: The series was continuing and they got to come to Game 5 at Wrigley Field on Thursday.

Like many other Southern Californians in Chicago this week, they wore both Trojan and Dodgers clothing. Los Angeles, they said, was taking over the Windy City.

"I grew up a Dodger fan," said Nava, a 42-year-old band director from San Pedro who played trumpet in the USC band. "Fernando Valenzuela was my dad's hero, so he became my hero as well."

"We have to seal the deal this year," he added. "We have the ammo. We just need to fire the gun."

Casillas, a 41-year-old social worker from Montebello, also has a lifelong love for the team. 

The Dodgers, she said, are a diverse team perfect for a diverse city. 

"The city, the fan base, the team," she said. They inspire her.

Dodgers take 9-0 lead in top of the fourth

Top of the fourth.

Chris Taylor hit a slow roller up the middle. Javier Baez made the play but had no throw.

Justin Turner struck out swinging.

Cody Bellinger singled to right, Taylor stopping at second.

With Yasiel Puig batting, Bellinger and Taylor took second and third on a wild pitch.

Puig grounded to third, with Kris Bryant throwing Taylor out at the plate.

Logan Forsythe doubled to left, scoring Bellinger and Puig.

Enrique Hernandez popped to shallow left, Addison Russell making the play.

9-0 Dodgers.

Cubs don't score in third

Bottom of the third.

Ben Zobrist struck out looking.

Leonys Martin, batting for Hector Rondon, grounded to second.

Albert Almora flied to center, with Chris Taylor making a nice running catch.

Enrique Hernandez hits a grand slam, Dodgers lead 7-0 in the third

Dodgers Kiki Hernandez celebrates his grand slam with Yasiel Puig. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Tiems)
Dodgers Kiki Hernandez celebrates his grand slam with Yasiel Puig. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Tiems)

Top of the third.

Chris Taylor hit a ground-rule double to left.

Justin Turner singles to right-center, scoring Taylor. 3-0 Dodgers.

Turner is 7 for 9 with runners in scoring position in the postseason.

Cody Bellinger singled to right, Turner stopping at second.

Yasiel Puig singled to right, loading the bases.

And that's it for Jose Quintana. Hector Rondon is coming in to pitch.

Logan Forsythe struck out swinging. One out, bases loaded.

Enrique Hernandez hits a GRAND SLAM TO RIGHT!

Dodgers lead, 7-0.

Austin Barnes flied to right.

Charlie Culberson singled to center.

Clayton Kershaw struck out.

Cubs go down quietly in the second

Bottom of the second.

Willson Contreras grounded to short. Culberson made a sliding stop and threw him out while sitting down.

Addison Russell flied to right.

Javier Baez struck out swinging.

 

Dodgers take 2-0 lead on Enrique Hernandez's home run

Top of the second.

Enrique Hernandez homered to center.

Austin Barnes flied to center.

Charlie Culberson popped to shallow right, second baseman Javier Baez made the catch.

Clayton Kershaw grounded to the pitcher.

2-0 Dodgers.

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