Party like it's 1988! Enrique Hernandez, Dodgers slam Cubs to seal first World Series trip in 29 years

CHICAGO -- In the end, it was most fitting. The Los Angeles Dodgers' quest for a pennant ended on the field where it began nearly a year ago, on the ancient grounds of Authentic Lanny McDonald Jersey Wrigley Field. Men's Mark Jackson Authentic Navy/Gold Jersey: Throwback Mitchell and Ness NBA #13 Indiana Pacers It was most fitting that the winning pitcher was the Dodgers’ longtime ace, Clayton Kershaw, who flashed his best stuff in two months and dazzled the Chicago Cubs for six innings. In years past, the Dodgers might have asked Kershaw to do more. This season, they didn’t need it. Men's Adidas Chicago Bulls #3 Dwyane Wade Swingman Black Alternate NBA JerseyIt was most fitting that Kershaw didn’t have to carry the load himself. Not in the least. In a season when the Dodgers seemed to produce a fresh hero every night, it was lightly regarded utility player Enrique Hernandez who produced an epic clinching performance. It was most fitting that a Dodgers team that led the major leagues in wins during the season stomped the now-former champion Chicago Cubs 11-1 on a chilly Thursday evening in Wrigleyville, obliterating any hopes for a miracle Chicago comeback and a championship repeat by taking the National League Championship Series in five games. Finally, it was most fitting that the best Dodgers team in decades -- a 104-win juggernaut -- took their first National League pennant since 1988. After 29 seasons, the Los Angeles Dodgers Authentic Lanny McDonald Jersey are going back to the World Series. The Dodgers jumped on Cubs starter Jose Quintana from the beginning, getting an RBI double from super rookie Cody Bellinger in the first and a solo homer from Hernandez in the second. The latter was not a surprise. Hernandez is a righty-hitting specialist with the defensive versatility to plug spots all over the field. He hit .270 with 10 homers off lefties during the regular season. Much more shocking was what Hernandez did in the third inning, one batter after the Cubs knocked Quintana out of the game. Hernandez drilled a grand slam to right-center off Hector Rondon -- just his second homer off a righty all season -- and gave the Dodgers a commanding 7-0 lead. In doing so, Hernandez gave the Dodgers a headlock on the pennant and, with another homer in the ninth inning, he became the fifth player in major league history to hit three home runs in a potential series-clinching game and the first since Texas' Adrian Beltre in 2011. Hernandez's seven RBIs also tied a postseason record. As the Dodgers kept Authentic Lanny McDonald Jersey tacking on runs, the rest of the game was an out-by-out countdown to the L.A. celebration. Kershaw gave up a solo homer to Kris Bryant, the sixth long ball he has allowed this postseason, but otherwise was sharp. Kershaw touched 96 mph with his fastball, a level of velocity he struggled to reach late in the regular season when he came off the disabled list after recovering from a sore back. By the time he allowed Bryant’s homer, the Dodgers’ lead had ballooned to 9-0. That made it easy for L.A. manager Dave Roberts to turn the ball over to a bullpen that has been lights-out the entire postseason. Together, that lock-down group finished what Kershaw started, putting the franchise lefty in the World Series for the first time in his career that began in 2008.

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