Yes, the Dodgers scored more runs last night than the Cubs did the entire series. Well, he's also the first Dodger to hit three home runs in a postseason game!
The Dodgers, who never trailed, opening the scoring in the first when Bellinger doubled in Taylor, who walked. Then, with the bases loaded, Kiké Hernandez would come to the plate and hit a grand slam!
Turner singled in Taylor, who doubled leading off the third. The Cubs were still down though, as the Dodgers lead 9-1. That run would be the only blemish on Clayton Kershaw's otherwise masterful six innings of work. The Dodgers bullpen continued to shut down the Cubs lineup for the rest of the game.
It wasn't the only victory of the night, either: As the Dodgers celebrated with champagne and handshakes, Hernandez's Hurricane Maria Relief fund-raiser on YouCaring topped its $100,000 goal. He has 2,120 strikeouts in 1,935 innings. Puig hit a one-out single to center field to get things going in the ninth.
After third baseman Justin Turner and closer Kenley Jansen propelled the Los Angeles Dodgers to their most recent home playoff victory a few days ago, they took off their uniforms and pulled on T-shirts supporting a teammate.
Hernandez became the fourth player with a three-homer game in an LCS, joining Bob Robertson (1971 NLCS), George Brett (1978 ALCS) and Adam Kennedy (2002 ALCS). The three-time NL Cy Young Award victor took the loss when his team was eliminated by the Cubs in Game 6 of last year's NLCS at Wrigley Field.
The Dodgers have had a heavy presence in October in recent years due to their regular season success, but have stalled out in October, earning a total of eleven postseason appearances since '88, including nine NL West Division crowns (1995, 2004, 2008-2009, 2013-2017), with two Wild Card berths (1996, 2006) to go along with it. Games 3 and 4 are on October 27 and 28.
The Dodgers were the better team all season long as they dominated the with a 104-58 record.
Yet the southpaw's dominance in the regular season often failed to carry over into the playoffs. It's one thing to have a good series, but it's nearly unheard of to get 24 consecutive innings of scoreless baseball (a span of eight games) from a bullpen in such high leverage situations.