Yes, it was a blow out. The Dodgers stunned the defending world champion Cubs 11-1 on Thursday night at Wrigley Field to wrap up the best-of-seven NLCS in just five games, advancing to the World Series for the first time in 29 years. Yes, Kike Hernandez equaled an LCS record with three home runs in a game and set an LCS record with seven RBI. But what really hit home for Dodger fans is that Clayton Kershaw, the most dominate big-league pitcher of his era, earned the victory with six strong innings — his first victory in a post-season series deciding games in his fourth start in those kind of games. Continue reading “NLCS: Redemption, Kershaw World Series Bound”
The Astros can only hope they regain their regular-season offensive touch at Minute Maid Park, where they will conclude the ALCS against the Yankees. The Yankees won three in a row at Yankee Stadium to take a 3-games-to-2 edge in the best-of-seven series against an Astros team that is in line to compile the lowest batting average in LCS history. They go into Game 6 on Friday hitting only .147 and having scored just nine runs in the five games. Both Houston wins were by 2-1 scores at Minute Maid in Games 1 and 2. Continue reading “ALCS: Yankees Have Shutdown Arms”
LaTroy Hawkins grew up in the shadow of the steel mills of Gary, Ind., a strong-willed grandfather the foundation that Hawkins was able to build upon. A man who taught Hawkins that the value in life is to face the challenges and overcome them, not drown yourself in self-pity. Having passed on a basketball scholarship to Indiana State to sign with the Twins out of high school, Hawkins will tell the story of being sent back to rookie ball his second year with Minnesota and calling his grandfather to tell him of the decision.