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Enrique Hernandez Tees Off With Historic 3 HR, 7 RBI Performance In Dodgers’ NLCS Clinching Game

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Sometimes, the most unlikeliest of heroes comes in the tune of a .236 career hitter.

Last night in Game 5 of the NLCS, Enrique “Kiké” Hernandez WAS that hero for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The 26-year-old Hernandez helped the Dodgers clinch their first pennant in 29 years with one of the best postseason games of all time, as he teed off for three homers and seven RBIs. He ripped a solo shot in the second, a grand slam in the third, and a two-run shot in the ninth.

That face you make when you’re feeling yourself:

Prior to last night, only eight players had ever gone deep thrice in a postseason game. That list was comprised of Babe Ruth (twice), Bob Robertson, George Brett, Adam Kennedy, Albert Pujols, Pablo Sandoval, Adrian Beltre, and Jose Altuve (this year’s ALDS).

Add Hernandez as the ninth player on that list.

With seven RBIs, Hernandez also joined some distinct company:

This dude only hit .215 in the regular season!!! That’s the beauty of baseball- ANYONE has a chance to come through when it matters the most. Hernandez did just that, and then some. Incredible.

Of course you knew Hernandez was going to have a lengthy interview following the night of his life:

He may have been confident that he was going to hit a homer in his second start of the postseason. Three though? Not even he could have predicted that would have happened!

Will Hernandez get rewarded with his Game 5 outburst with more playing time in the World Series? Time will tell.

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Astros Acquire Martin Maldonado

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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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