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Back To The Series! Dodgers Rout Cubs 11-1 In NLCS Game 5, Win First Pennant Since 1988

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are heading back to the World Series!

With an 11-1 crushing of the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 of the NLCS last night, the Dodgers clinched their 22nd pennant in franchise history and first one since 1988.

Gotta quickly give the Cubs credit for this classy display following their defeat:

Doesn’t get much better than that.

There was one star in particular last night, and he’s not who you’d expect. He hit only .215 in the regular season; and now, he’s in the history books.

Enrique “Kiké” Hernandez had the game of his life last night, hitting three home runs and driving in seven runs. He hit a solo homer on the first pitch of the second inning off Jose Quintana, and broke things WIDE open with an opposite field grand slam off Hector Rondon the very next inning which made the score 7-0 at the time. He capped off his monster night with a two-run homer in the ninth off Mike Montgomery to close the scoring.

Here’s the grand slam that all but sealed the deal for the Dodgers:

With ace Clayton Kershaw on the mound last night, there was no way the Dodgers were going to falter with a seven run lead. The three-time NL Cy Young winner fired six innings of three-hit ball, striking out five and allowing just a solo homer to Kris Bryant in the fourth inning.

Following the game, Justin Turner and Chris Taylor were named the co-MVPs of the series. Turner hit .333 with two homers and seven RBIs in the five games (walkoff homer in Game 2), while Taylor hit .316 with two homers and three RBIs.

The Dodgers await their World Series opponent. It will be the New York Yankees or Houston Astros, who play Game 6 tonight in Houston; New York has a 3-2 lead in that series.

Regardless of who is matched against LA, it’s sure to be one hell of a series!

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Astros Acquire Martin Maldonado

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Martin Maldonado

The Houston Astros have acquired veteran catcher Martin Maldonado from the Chicago Cubs, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

As part of the deal, outfielder/second baseman Tony Kemp will be heading to the Cubs, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Chandler Rome.

Maldonado has posted a .217/.285/.349 slash line this season.

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Cubs’ Addison Russell Receives 40-Game Suspension

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Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell has been suspended without pay for 40 games, retroactive to September 21st, the date he was placed on administrative leave, under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, according to ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers.

The league formally announced the suspension on Wednesday, and Russell will not appeal the suspension.

Russell was placed on administrative leave back in September amid allegations of physical and verbal abuse brought forward by his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy.

“My office has completed its investigation into the allegations that Addison Russell violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy,” Manfred said in a statement. “Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Russell violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will cover 40 games.”

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Cubs Acquire Terrance Gore

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The Chicago Cubs have acquired outfielder Terrance Gore from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash considerations, according to an announcement from the organization on Wednesday.

Gore, 27, will bring the Cubs a  legit base-stealing threat.

Gore is likely to start off his run with the Cubs in their minor league system as they eye using him as a weapon in the playoffs, and could be called up when rosters officially are expanded for the stretch run in September.

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