Kiké Hernández hit three home runs (a solo homer, a Grand Slam, and a three-run shot), leading the Dodgers to an 11-1 win over the Cubs and their first World Series appearance in twenty-nine years. Clayton Kershaw pitched six innings of one-run ball in which he allowed only three hits and one walk with five strikeouts.
Kiké Hernández had the best game of his career last night when he hit three home runs and drove in seven runs, leading the Dodgers to their first Pennant since 1988. With his dad in the stands and the rest of his family watching on TV in Puerto Rico, Hernández silenced the fans a Wrigley Field with his homers.
The Dodgers started the game off right in the top of the first inning against Cubs’ starter Jose Quintana. Chris Taylor started the game with a nine-pitch at-bat that resulted in a walk. Then, with one out, Cody Bellinger doubled down the right-field line, driving in Taylor. The Dodgers had a 1-0 lead after the first inning.
Kiké Hernández led off the second inning and this was when his terrific night began. He hit a first-pitch fastball from Quintana into the center field bleachers for a solo home run, extending the Dodgers’ lead to 2-0.
The Dodgers wanted to leave no doubt that they were going to win the game, so they broke things open in the third inning with a five-run frame. Taylor led off the inning with a double, then he scored on Justin Turner‘s RBI single. The Dodgers then loaded the bases and chased Quintana out of the game. The Cubs brought in Hector Rondon to try to fix the mess. Rondon struck out Logan Forsythe for the first out, bringing Hernández to the plate. Kiké once again hit a first-pitch fastball. This one landed in the netting on the right-center field wall for a Grand Slam. The Dodgers had a 7-0 lead.
Logan Forsythe felt left out after seeing Hernánez’s home runs so he decided to drive in a couple runs himself. The Dodgers had runners on first and third with two outs when Forsythe hit a fastball from John Lackey to left field. The ball stayed in the ballpark but two runs scored. Puig reached second base with a two-run double. The Dodgers had a 9-0 lead after three and a half innings.
The Dodgers’ offense took a break for four innings so we’ll take a look at Kershaw now. Kershaw didn’t allow a hit through the first three innings and the only base-runner for the Cubs at that time was a walk to Kyle Schwarber in the first inning. Kershaw finally made a mistake that the Cubs were able to capitalize on in the fourth inning. Kershaw threw a fastball to Kris Bryant, who hit it into the left-field bleachers for a solo home run. That was one of three hits that Kershaw allowed over a dominant six innings.
When the ninth inning came around, Hernández made sure his name would be remembered with another home run. This homer was a two-run shot hit off the man who recorded the final out of the World Series last year, Mike Montgomery. I’m sure that Hernández’s family went crazy at this point.
The Dodgers wanted to make sure that the Cubs were unable to make a comeback, so they sent Kenley Jansen out to pitch the ninth inning. Jansen induced to flyouts for the first two outs of the inning. Jansen induced a lineout to end the game and send the Dodgers to the World Series. Take a look at it:
Next up: The World Series. The Dodgers will face either the Yankees or the Astros.