Sunday, October 5, 2008

Dodgers Beat Cubs, Move On To Face Phillies in NLCS

THE FRUITS OF VICTORY: With their 3-1 victory over the Cubs tonight, the Dodgers won their first playoff series since 1988 and swept an opponent in the postseason for the first time since 1963. Los Angeles will play in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Thursday night either in Philadelphia against the Phillies or right here at Dodger Stadium against Milwaukee.

KU-ROAD-A TO THE NLCS – Dodger starter Hiroki Kuroda was brilliant tonight, firing 6.1 scoreless innings and picking up the first Dodger series clinching victory since Orel Hershiser won Game 5 of the 1988 World Series. In 2008, Kuroda allowed just one run in 21.2 innings (0.42 ERA) against the Cubs.

MR. (Nearly) PERFECT- Dodger left fielder Manny Ramirez reached base three of four times tonight and finished the series hitting .500 (5-for-10) with two homers, three RBI, and four walks.

OUR FAVORITE POSTSEASON MARTIN – Dodger catcher Russell Martin went 2-for-4 tonight and banged out his second and third doubles of the series. Martin drove in five runs this series and is hitting .320 (8-for-25) in six-career postseason contests.

PADDING HIS LEAD – Dodger first baseman James Loney ripped a two-run double in the first inning, giving him a Dodger Division Series-record nine RBI. The two ribbies moved him past Steve Garvey (1981) and Eric Karros (1995).

BOYS OF SUMMER- Prior to the game, Dodger Hall of Fame outfielder Duke Snider threw out the ceremonial first pitch along with Dodger legend and Director of Community Relations Don Newcombe. Dodger infielder Nomar Garciaparra caught the former and Dodger first base coach Mariano Duncan the latter.

RECORD-SETTING NIGHT – The paid attendance tonight was 56,000, which is the seventh-largest crowd in Dodger postseason history.

D LEE HITS D BALL – Cubs’ first baseman Derrick Lee went 3-for-4 with two doubles and finished the Division Series with a team-best .545 average.

HIBERNATION- The Cubs were swept out of the playoffs for the second straight season and have now lost nine straight postseason contests, dating back to the 2003 National League Championship Series.

NLCS Info:

Game 1: Los Angeles at Philadelphia, Thursday, October 9
Game 2: Los Angeles at Philadelphia, Friday, October 10
Game 3: Philadelphia at Los Angeles, Sunday, October 12
Game 4: Philadelphia at Los Angeles, Monday, October 13
*Game 5: Philadelphia at Los Angeles, Wednesday, October 15
*Game 6: Los Angeles at Philadelphia, Friday, October 17
*Game 7: Los Angeles at Philadelphia, Saturday, October 18

* If necessary; all game times are to be determined

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