Dodgers advance to NLCS, as Angel Fans continue to dream

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Updated: October 13, 2016

As Los Angeles Dodgers fans can be heard from ‘every street corner’, it reminds every single Angels fan, the organization still has a lot of work to improve this ball club.

The Dodgers seem to be on a well-long stride of success for years to come, but over in Anaheim, it’s the sad truth of knowing we are not a playoff baseball team.

Yes, the Angels did have injuries to their pitching rotation all season long, but a ton of offseason work needs to be done to reach the level of play like the Dodgers. Here’s the game recap of the Dodgers and Nationals NLDS Game 5.

Max Scherzer spent most of the first six innings mowing down Dodgers, holding Los Angeles hitless through four innings after the Nats took an early lead on an RBI single by Danny Espinosa in the second. But Scherzer appeared to tire in the middle innings, especially after walking Justin Turner on 13 pitches in the fourth.

The Dodgers loaded the bases against the Nats’ ace in the fifth but could not score. With Scherzer’s pitch count escalating, Dusty Baker opted to leave the pitcher in the game to open the seventh inning. But Joc Pederson led off the frame by smacking an opposite-field solo homer, tying the game and ending Scherzer’s night.

Baker followed with a cavalcade of relievers — five in the seventh inning alone — and the Dodgers rallied to take the lead on an RBI single by Carlos Ruiz that snuck past the glove of Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon. Turner then broke the game open with a two-run triple off Shawn Kelley.

With the win, the Dodgers move on the NLCS where they’ll face the Cubs in a seven-game set starting Saturday in Chicago. They’ll look to advance to the World Series for the first time since their championship 1988 season.

 

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