Uribe, Dodgers Advance To NLCS
- Uribe, Dodgers Advance To NLCS
Uribe, Dodgers Advance To NLCS
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Uribe Provides The Fireworks
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LA – When Juan Uribe was unable to get a bunt down, it was the perfect factor that occurred to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Uribe hit a go-forward, two-run homer in the eighth inning after Clayton Kershaw began on brief rest Monday night time for the Dodgers in a 4-three victory over the Atlanta Braves that sent Los Angeles into the Nationwide League Championship Sequence.
“It was a particular night time to get to do it here in L.A.,” stated Kershaw, his hair slick from the spray of beer and champagne. “We’ve not won anything but, nevertheless it undoubtedly feels good to get to celebrate. You by no means need to move those moments up.”
Carl Crawford homered his first two times up, and the Dodgers received the best-of-five playoff collection 3-1 to reach their first NLCS since 2009. The NL West champions open the following round Friday in opposition to St. Louis or Pittsburgh.
The Cardinals host the wild-card Pirates in a winner-take-all Game 5 on Wednesday.
“We have moved one step closer, and we do not have to get again on a aircraft tomorrow. It’s a good feeling,” mentioned Don Mattingly, managing in the playoffs for the first time.
In the meantime, it was the latest October flop for Atlanta, which hasn’t gained a postseason collection since 2001. During that stretch, the Braves have misplaced six straight division series and the 2012 NL wild-card game.
Yasiel Puig doubled down the right-subject line main off the eighth in opposition to dropping pitcher David Carpenter. The rookie charged into second base and pumped his right fist in the air.
Fans were on their feet chanting, “Let’s go Dodgers!” when Uribe fouled off two bunt attempts. Then he sent a dangling 2-2 breaking ball into the Dodgers’ bullpen in left discipline to place them in front for the second time.
Uribe knew it was gone as soon as he connected. He dropped his bat and threw each arms within the air at dwelling plate.
“This moment at this time, I’ll always remember,” Uribe stated. “I believe a lot of people feel like that.”
Brian Wilson pitched a scoreless eighth to get the victory. Kenley Jansen struck out all three batters within the ninth for a save, fanning Justin Upton to end it.
That set off a raucous celebration on the sphere by the Dodgers, who rushed toward the mound in a mob. They tore jerseys off each other in unbridled pleasure and doused Uribe with a brightly coloured sports drink.
“This staff has numerous enjoyable. We don’t take into consideration being the team to beat and all that stuff. We simply go out there and play and attempt to have fun,” Crawford mentioned.
Jansen and catcher A.J. Ellis leaped into each other’s arms, and a burst of fireworks lit the sky in heart field as blue and silver streamers cascaded from an upper degree of the stadium.
The Dodgers lined up exchanging hugs within the infield, and co-owners Mark Walter and Magic Johnson grinned while watching the revelry among the workforce they purchased final year.
Kershaw, Puig, Wilson and different gamers jogged around the warning observe exchanging excessive-fives and hand slaps with delirious followers.
“They have been loud,” Kershaw said. “They need it simply as a lot as we do.”
The Dodgers had been criticized for jumping into the ballpark pool in Arizona when they clinched the NL West crown last month. This time, they acquired to party at home.
“There’s a handful of men that have never gotten to do this before,” Kershaw said.
He shared a moment with Dodgers nice Sandy Koufax in a clubhouse reeking of beer and champagne that had been sprayed all over the place.
“To get a hug and get a ‘good job’ from a guy like that, from a guy that’s been there, from a guy that is executed this earlier than and was the most effective at it for a long time, is fairly special,” Kershaw said.
The Braves took a three-2 lead in the seventh on pinch hitter Jose Constanza’s RBI single off reliever Ronald Belisario.
Needing a win to keep away from elimination, Braves supervisor Fredi Gonzalez never bought the ball to lights-out closer Craig Kimbrel.
“You do not need it to ever finish the way in which we ended as we speak. However we had the best guy on the market. Carp has been good for us,” Gonzalez mentioned. “There’s nothing to be ashamed of.”
The Dodgers gambled in bringing again Kershaw on three days’ relaxation for the primary time in his profession. But with an opportunity to close out the collection, they opted for his or her ace over scheduled starter Ricky Nolasco. The move paid off when the 2011 Cy Young Award winner tossed six solid innings before turning it over to the bullpen.
“This is the postseason,” Kershaw said. “You just go. It is a one-month sprint, and I am looking forward to the following couple games.”
Kershaw wasted a 2-0 lead, giving up two unearned runs and three hits. He struck out six and walked one on 91 pitches.
With one out within the seventh, Elliot Johnson tripled into the fitting-field nook, sending Puig sliding into the filth, chasing the ball because it caromed off the wall. Constanza, batting for beginning pitcher Freddy Garcia, singled into heart to put the NL East champions forward for the first time.
Garcia allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked two.
The Braves tied it 2-all within the fourth, when the Dodgers’ defense faltered.
Chris Johnson’s RBI single scored Freddie Freeman, who singled leading off, went to second on first baseman Adrian Gonzalez’s throwing error and superior to 3rd on a wild pitch by Kershaw.
Andrelton Simmons grounded right into a fielder’s selection to third in what ought to have been an inning-ending double play, however second baseman Mark Ellis’ throw to Adrian Gonzalez went broad, and Evan Gattis scored from third.
Crawford’s second homer of the game came in the third, touchdown deep within the decrease right-discipline seats for a 2-zero lead.
Crawford led off the first with a towering house run to the suitable-field pavilion, smiling broadly because the Dodgers took a 1-zero lead. His three-run shot – and Uribe’s two-run drive – have been a giant part of the Dodgers’ thirteen-6 victory in Sport three on Sunday.
“The smile on his face when he hit that homer is priceless,” Mattingly stated.
The sellout crowd of 54,438 grew rowdy with Kershaw’s first pitch, quickly getting on its toes to induce him on after Adrian Gonzalez’s fielding error led to the left-hander’s first baserunner. Kershaw responded by retiring the subsequent three batters in a row to end the first.
“To finish the way in which it did tonight, it will hurt. It’ll be a long way back,” Fredi Gonzalez said. “But tip your hat to the Dodgers and congratulate Donnie and his staff. The sad thing is there are not any extra video games, you know?”
The Dodgers misplaced in 5 video games to Philadelphia four years in the past in the NLCS… The final Dodgers pitcher to begin on brief relaxation in the playoffs was
, who allowed two runs and six hits in 5 innings of a no-choice in Sport 4 of the NLCS on Oct. 13, 2008, against Philadelphia… Crawford’s leadoff homer was the second in Dodgers postseason history. Davey Lopes homered leading off Recreation 6 of the 1978 World Collection. He’s now the first-base coach for the staff… Kershaw allowed seven unearned runs throughout the regular season, all of them at Dodger Stadium.
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