By Sam Bush
Enrique Hernandez matched postseason records with three home runs and seven RBIs to back Clayton Kershaw and power the Dodgers to an 11-1 victory in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series and eliminate the defending World Series champion Cubs.
The Dodgers will now await the winner of the American League Championship Series between the Yankees and Astros. Game 1 of the best-of-seven World Series will be Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium — a result of the Dodgers having the best regular-season record in the first year that determines home-field advantage in the Fall Classic.
“Up there with getting married and having kids, it’s right up there with one of the best days of my life,” Kershaw said of reaching the Fall Classic. “Winning the World Series is really all that we play this game for. All the individual stuff is great, but at the end of the day, I just want to win a World Series. If we win, I might retire, so I might just call it a career. It’s a special thing, and I know that I’m not taking that for granted.”
Hernandez is the first Dodgers player with three home runs in a postseason game, the 10th in MLB history, the first in the NLCS since the Pirates’ Bob Robertson in Game 2 in 1971, and the first to do it in any LCS game since the Angels’ Adam Kennedy in Game 5 of the 2002 American League Championship Series.