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92-70, 1st in NL Cent

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

This is a great list from ESPN Stats & Info. There have been six players in MLB history to have a two-homer game on the road at Wrigley Field. The first five were Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, Will Clark and Chipper Jones. Now, tonight, you can add the Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

For all of the talk about the Dodgers' patience at the plate, Enrique Hernandez has seen two pitches and belted both of them for home runs in NLCS Game 5.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

All you need to know about NLCS Game 5: Jose Quintana is out of the game before Clayton Kershaw has allowed a hit. It looks like it's going to be a long night for Cubs fans.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Dodgers were 77-2 this season when leading by three or more runs at any point of the game.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers jumped all over Jose Quintana tonight. After a double by Chris Taylor, an RBI single by Justin Turner and two more singles by Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig to start the third, Quintana is done. With L.A. up 3-0, the bases loaded, and with no outs, the win probability ticker at fangraphs.com now gives the Dodgers an 85 percent chance to win this one, even before accounting for the fact that Clayton Kershaw has worked two hitless innings and looks on top of his game. The Dodgers have never been closer to their first pennant since 1988.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Talking to reporters before the game, Theo Epstein was asked about the Cubs bullpen performance in the postseason. He pointed out the Cubs were 30th of 30th in bullpen walk rate. Anyway, they were sixth in the majors in ERA despite the walks, but a desperate situation here for Hector Rondon to not let the game get out of hand.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Walking platoon split Kike Hernandez pushes the Dodgers' lead to 2-0 with a solo homer to center to start the second inning. Hernandez hit .159 with one homer off righties this season, but .270 with 10 homers off lefties. Given the state of the respective bullpens, the pressure is intensifying on the Cubs.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

How big was the Dodgers' early run in NLCS Game 5? According to ESPN Stats & Info, The Dodgers went 14-1 during the regular season and are 1-0 in the postseason when they score first in Clayton Kershaw starts.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw worked around a one-out walk of Cubs LF Kyle Schwarber to put up a scoreless first in 18 pitches. He hit 95 to 96 with his fastball four times. The Dodgers' ace looks amped up. You can't blame him.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Clayton Kershaw walks Kyle Schwarber on a 96-mph 3-2 fastball and Cubs fans are trying to get a "Ker-shawwww ... Ker-shawwww" chant going between pitches.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Well, that didn't take long. Three batters into NLCS Game 5, the Dodgers have given Clayton Kershaw a lead to work with on Cody Bellinger's RBI double to right.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

For the first time in the NLCS, the Dodgers strike first. Cody Bellinger lined a double into the right-field corner to score Chris Taylor from first base. Bellinger ended up at third on the throw. He's there with one out and Yasiel Puig at the dish.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

It's still a nice night for Chicago in mid-October, but the temperature is considerably cooler and the wind isn't blowing out quite as much as in Games 3 or 4, which could cut down on the number of home runs we see tonight.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Something to keep an eye on: According to ESPN Stats & Info, Clayton Kershaw has allowed first-pitch 14 hits, including four homers, since the start of September. That's the most of any MLB pitcher. In his Game 1 start, the Cubs swung at just three of 20 first pitches against Kershaw.

Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

Will the Cubs fly the W tonight?

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Cubs fans are streaming into Wrigley Field for Game 5 with one thought in mind: Send the NLCS back to Los Angeles.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

It's not at 2016 postseason levels, but there is certainly more energy in the air in Wrigleyville tonight than prior to the past two NLCS games in Chicago.

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HQ Previews NLCS Game 5

Dan Le Batard, Papi Katie Nolan preview game 5 of the NLCS and discuss if it's all on Clayton Kershaw, debate if the Yankees are likable, and Michael Bennett vs Roger Goodell.

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Javier Baez previews NLCS game 5

Chicago Cubs Javier Baez talks with Dan Shulman about the ball Wilson Contreras hit, breaking out of an 0-20 slump and facing elimination again.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Last night, all the Dodgers execs were on the field during BP. Tonight it's Theo Epstein perhaps feeling a momentum swing in the series:

ESPN's Stats & Info

Dodgers take second swing at NLCS clincher

With southpaws starting for each team, both lineups lean to the right in Thursday night's Game 5. Logan Forsythe and Austin Barnes replace Chase Utley and Yasmani Grandal for the Dodgers. Ben Zobrist replaces Jason Heyward for the Cubs.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist takes some swings before Game 5. He hasn't had a lot of chances hitting right handed lately but he will tonight against Clayton Kershaw.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays reunion. Joe Maddon and Andrew Friedman.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon doesn't have a closer tonight. It'll be based on matchups. Don't expect a starter to pitch in relief either. He'll have to rely on some arms that have struggled this postseason.

Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average3.957th
Quality Starts77Tied-8th
WHIP1.289th
BAA.2384th
Runs8224th
Batting Average.25516th
On Base Percentage.3384th
Slugging Percentage.4377th