Hollywood Star: Kike Hernandez Carries Dodgers To The World Series With 3 Homers

The Dodgers are headed to the World Series and will be doing so thanks to the unsung heroics of Kike Hernandez.

The 25-year-old Hernandez was the most unlikely star in the Dodger’s series-clinching Game 5 win against the Cubs. Hernandez blasted three home runs out of Wrigley Field, including a grand slam in the top of the third that blew the game wide open.

Hernandez, who is mostly a utility man, literally put the team on his bat, accounting for seven of the Dodgers 11 runs in the game. Clayton Kershaw kept the Cubs at bay by pitching six solid innings and only giving up one run. The Dodgers bullpen – like they’ve done all postseason – shut the door on the 2016 World Series champions.

This 3-homer night comes a day after Reggie Jackson famously hit three homers in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series. Ironically that series was against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

This is the Dodgers first World Series appearance in 29 years. The last time they were in the Fall Classic, Kirk Gibson hit a walk-off homer in Game 1 against the Oakland A’s. The Dodgers would end up claiming that World Series in five games.

In another ironic twist of events, Justin Turner hit the Dodgers first postseason walk-off home run in Game 2 of this series which landed on the 29th year anniversary of that Gibson home run. Turner was named co-NLCS MVP with Chris Taylor after Thursday night’s win. Taylor hit .316 in the series with two home runs, a triple, and five runs scored. Turner hit .333 with two homers and seven RBIs.

Could this NLCS be a sign of fate for the Dodgers?

This Dodgers franchise has been itching to get to the World Series for quite some time now. They have been built to win but have underachieved for the better part of the last decade. They have finished first in the NL West seven times since 2008 but this will be their first time winning the pennant.

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