Dodgers Win First Pennant Since 1988, Next Stop the World Series

October 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Los Angeles Dodgers could learn today who they’ll face in the World Series after they won their first National League pennant since 1988 with an 11-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The Dodgers will open the World Series Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, facing either the New York Yankees or Houston Astros.

Game 6 of the American League Championship Series is set for today in Houston with the Yankees leading the best-of-seven series three games to two.

Manager Dave Roberts said Clayton Kershaw will pitch for the Dodgers in the first World Series game at Dodger Stadium since Oct. 16, 1988 when Orel Hershiser, now a Dodger broadcaster, pitched a three-hit shutout in a 6-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

“We’ve heard 1988 for so long in L.A., it feels good to say that we’re getting to go to the World Series in 2017,” said Kershaw, who has been with the Dodgers since 2008.

“When you’re a kid, you just hope you make it to the big leagues so to get to go say you’re going to go play in the World Series, it’s an incredibly special moment. Up there with getting married and having kids, it’s right up there with one of the best days of my life.”

Starting shortstop Corey Seager, who was left off the 25-player roster for the National League Championship Series because of a back injury, is expected to return for Game 1 of the World Series, Roberts said.

Kike Hernandez hit three home runs, including a third-inning grand slam, Thursday as the Dodgers won the National League Championship Series four games to one, ending the longest pennant drought in franchise history.

Dodger sensation Enrique “Kike” Hernandez (right) showed up in a big way Thursday in Chicago, where the Dodgers clinched their spot in the World Series for the first time since1988. The Dodgers beat reigning World Series champs the Chicago Cubs 4-1 games to capture the National League championship series. Hernandez tied a postseason record with three home runs and seven RBIs, including a grand slam in the third inning, while Clayton Kershaw (left) limited the Cubs to three hits over six innings and struck out five for his sixth postseason victory. Kershaw is scheduled to pitch Game 1 at the Ravine. (File photos by Fred Zermeno)

Dodger sensation Enrique “Kike” Hernandez (right) showed up in a big way Thursday in Chicago, where the Dodgers clinched their spot in the World Series for the first time since 1988. The Dodgers beat reigning World Series champs the Chicago Cubs 4-1 games to capture the National League championship series.
Hernandez tied a postseason record with three home runs and seven RBIs, including a grand slam in the third inning, while Clayton Kershaw (left) limited the Cubs to three hits over six innings and struck out five for his sixth postseason victory. Kershaw is scheduled to pitch Game 1 at the Ravine. (File photos by Fred Zermeno)

“All year long it’s been a collection of guys, and certain guys stepping up.” Roberts said. “Every single night it’s somebody else. Tonight was his night to shine.”

This was the 11th time a player hit three home runs in a postseason game. Hernandez was the fourth Dodger to hit a grand slam in a postseason game, joining Dusty Baker and Ron Cey (both 1977) and James Loney (2008), according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Cody Bellinger and Charlie Culberson also both had three hits as part of ,the Dodgers 16-hit attack.

Chris Taylor and Justin Turner were selected as the co-MVPs of the series.

Kershaw limited the Cubs to three hits over six innings and struck out five for his sixth postseason victory, tying Burt Hooton for the team record. Chicago was held to one hit over the final three innings by three Dodger relievers.

Hernandez drove in seven runs with a solo homer in the second and a two-run homer in the ninth in addition to the grand slam during the five-run third.

The Dodgers, who never trailed, opening the scoring in the first whenBellinger doubled in Taylor, who walked.

Turner singled in Taylor, who doubled leading off the third.

Logan Forsythe doubled in Bellinger, who singled, and Yasiel Puig, who reached first on a fielder’s choice, in the fourth.

Kris Bryant homered in the bottom of the fourth for Chicago’s lone run.

Cubs starter Jose Quintana was charged with the loss, allowing six runs and six hits in two innings. He was relieved by Hector Rondon after each of the first four Dodger batters reached base in the third

Rondon struck out Forsythe, the first batter he faced, then allowed Hernandez’s grand slam.

“The better team won over the course of these five games,” Chicago manager Joe Maddon said. “They played really well. They kind of outpitched us and everything else.”

Celebrations broke out following the victory, including a large group that gathered at Whittier Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue in East Los Angeles. Los Angeles City Hall and the U.S. Bank Tower were among the downtown Los Angeles buildings lit in blue.

“The Dodgers embody everything we love about L.A. — the grit, resilience, teamwork and talent that have built our city into one of the world’s most extraordinary places,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

“Only four wins stand between us and the championship that Angelenos have been waiting to bring home for a generation. I can’t wait to lose my voice cheering for this team in the Fall Classic.”

Jugadores Latinos de los Dodgers Ponen Acento a Sus Apellidos en Camisetas

May 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

El jugador mexicano de los Dodgers Adrián González luce con orgullo su nueva camiseta, en la que lleva su apellido escrito en la espalda con la tilde tal y como corresponde al español, y tras él hizo lo propio su colega puertorriqueño Enrique “Kike” Hernández.

El experimentado primera base del equipo angelino de béisbol mostró en sus cuentas de Twitter y de Facebook una foto y un vídeo en los que luce su camiseta, donde por primera vez aparece la tilde sobre la “a” de su apellido.

“Después de años en las Grandes Ligas solo me faltaba ponerle acento a una cosa”, aseguró el jugador mexicano a modo de presentación del vídeo en el que se le ve entrar al campo con la nueva camiseta.

González se unió así a la campaña realizada en Twitter bajo la etiqueta #PonleAcento, que busca destacar a los hispanos el béisbol profesional e invitó a otros peloteros a seguir su ejemplo.

Otro jugador hispano del equipo angelino que respondió al reto fue Hernández, quien igualmente mostró su nuevo uniforme con la tilde en su apellido.

“¡Qué bonito se ve Hernández con el acento! Ya lo tengo”, dijo Hernández en su cuenta de Twitter.

“¡Ahora invito a todos los latinos a que hagan lo mismo! #PonleAcento”, agregó el multifacético jugador boricua.

Con el ejemplo de los dos jugadores de los Dodgers, se espera que muchos otros peloteros hispanos también agreguen las tildes a sus apellidos en sus uniformes.

Los jugadores latinos representan cerca del 30% de los jugadores de la MLB, según datos oficiales de la competición.

 

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