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Dodgers Defeat The Cubs 2-5 In Game 1 Of The NLCS

Dodger fans everywhere received devastating news Saturday morning when the Dodgers released the NLCS roster. There was no sign of Corey Seager. After injuring his back on a slide in Game 3 of the NLDS, it looks like Seager will sit out of the NLCS. However, that didn’t stop the Dodgers from fighting hard and pulling out a 2-5 victory over the Cubs on Saturday!

Let’s take a look at how it all went down!

The first three innings of the game were very quiet. Clayton Kershaw and José Quintana were dealing, but Albert Almora was able to get ahold of one in the 4th inning to put the Cubs up 2-0. Clayton Kershaw would end up giving up just two runs on four hits in five innings, pitching a total of 87 pitches.

One of the biggest reasons Clayton Kershaw was pulled a bit early was because of what happened in the bottom of the 5th inning. Yasiel Puig smoked an RBI double with runners on first and second, and of course his bat flip was quite epic.

The Puig double was followed by a sacrifice fly off the bat of Charlie Culberson, tying the ball game. With Puig on second base in a tied game and the pitcher’s spot up, Dave Roberts made the right call of putting in Kyle Farmer to pinch-hit. Unfortunately, Farmer was not able to bring Yasiel Puig in and would end the inning. However, Chris Taylor led off the very next inning with a solo home run, putting the Dodgers up 2-3!

But you didn’t think Yasiel Puig would let Chris Taylor steal the spotlight, did you? The Wild Horse got in on the fun in the bottom of the 7th inning with a towering solo shot of his own, putting the Dodgers up 2-4!

The 7th inning got even more exciting when Charlie Culberson tried to score on a Justin Turner single and was called out at home for not tagging the plate. After the play was reviewed, video revealed that Wilson Contreras blocked the lane, preventing Culberson from tagging home plate with his hand. The call was then overturned which infuriated Joe Maddon, causing him to be thrown out of the game!

Regardless, Kenley Jansen would be brought in the next inning for the four-out save and would get it done! The Dodgers will play Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday at 4:38 p.m. PT at Dodger Stadium! Will you be there? Let us know in the comments below!

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Alex Perez

Whittier College Alumnus. Editor In Chief of Dodgers Nation. Lifelong Dodgers fan.


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