2017-10-19 23:58:04
Dodgers 11, Cubs 1 | Los Angeles wins series, 4-1: Dodgers Crush the Cubs and Reach Their First World Series Since 1988

23:58, October 19 170 0

Enrique Hernandez, a utility player for the Los Angeles Dodgers, hit three home runs on Thursday night as the Dodgers crushed the Chicago Cubs, 11-1, to win the National League Championship Series and advance to their first World Series since 1988.

Hernandez drove in a postseason-record-tying total of seven runs with the three homers, which included a grand slam in the third inning that virtually finished off the Cubs, the defending World Series champions. The Cubs won only one game in the best-of-seven series.

The Dodgers had 104 wins in the regular season, more than any other team in Major League Baseball since the 2004 St. Louis Cardinals won 105.

By beating the Cubs, the Dodgers earned the franchise’s 19th trip to the World Series, tying the Cardinals for third place in the number of appearances. The Giants of New York and San Francisco are second with 20, well behind the Yankees, who are one win away from earning their 41st trip to the World Series.

The Dodgers’ last World Series appearance, which they won in five games against the Oakland Athletics, resulted in the indelible images of a hobbled Kirk Gibson circling the bases and pumping his fist after hitting a walk-off home run in Game 1, and of pitcher Orel Hershiser dominating the power-laden team known as the Bash Brothers on his way to being named the most valuable player of the series.

The 29-year gap between World Series appearances is by far the longest in the Dodgers’ history. Their previous high was a 21-year wait, which came between World Series losses in 1920 and 1941, when the them played in Brooklyn.