The 26-year-old Hernandez connected on the first two pitches he saw, belting a solo drive in the second for his first career playoff homer and then a grand slam in the third against Hector Rondon. The Yankees lead the American League Championship Series 3-2 and can wrap up the series Friday night at Minute Maid Park in Game 6. After losing 9-8 on Thursday, October 12, the Nationals have now lost the last four division series' matchups they've been involved in, each against a different team.
For the fourth time in five years, the Washington Nationals were knocked out of further contention for the World Series title by the Chicago Cubs. An Astros victory would send the ALCS to a Game 7 on Saturday.
The Dodgers will follow Chicago's example from 2016 to win their first championship since Kirk Gibson hobbled around the bases after hitting a walk-off homer against Oakland Athletics closer Dennis Eckersley 29 years ago.
For the first time since 1988, the Los Angeles Dodgers will play in the World Series. Los Angeles is 6-12 in the World Series, including one victory over NY while the team was still in Brooklyn. "Who knows how many times I'm going to get to go to the World Series? Let's go Dodgers!" On the field, manager Dave Roberts hugged Lasorda and told the iconic skipper the win was for him. Each of their eight runs in the NLCS came via the long ball, and they batted just.156 for the series with 53 strikeouts. The Cubs hopes were high as well because they were not only the reigning champs but Jose Quintana was on the mound.
"They executed their plan", Bryant said. Chris Taylor and Justin Turner shared NLCS MVP honors, something that would make no sense to even the most ardent baseball fans three years ago.
Hernandez completed the hat trick in the ninth inning, hitting a two-run shot off of Mike Montgomery to put the finishing touches on an 11-1 win for Los Angeles. Kershaw is slated to start the opener, and the Dodgers expect Corey Seager to be back in the lineup.
"I'm not as excited as everyone thinks because it's not over yet".