2017 National League Championship Series
|2017 National League Championship Series|
|Dates||October 14–19, 2017|
|MVP||Justin Turner and Chris Taylor (Los Angeles)|
|Umpires||Lance Barksdale (Games 1–2), Eric Cooper (Games 3–5), Alfonso Márquez, Todd Tichenor, Bill Welke, Mike Winters (crew chief), Jim Wolf|
|TV announcers||Brian Anderson, Ron Darling, and Sam Ryan|
|Radio announcers||Dan Shulman and Aaron Boone|
The 2017 National League Championship Series was a best-of-seven playoff pitting the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Chicago Cubs for the National League pennant and the right to play in the 2017 World Series. The series was a rematch of the 2016 NLCS, which Chicago won four games to two en route to their first World Series victory since 1908. This was just the 10th time two teams have met in at least two straight League Championship Series, which have existed since divisional play began in 1969. The Dodgers beat the Cubs in five games to win the NL pennant for the first time in 29 years, their last one in 1988.
For the first time, Major League Baseball sold presenting sponsorships to all of its postseason series; this NLCS was sponsored by Camping World and was officially known as the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World.
This was the Dodgers' second consecutive appearance in the National League Championship Series, and 12th all-time (with this being their third appearance in the past five seasons). In 2016, they lost in six games to the Chicago Cubs, the eventual World Series winner. By virtue of their regular season record, highest in the league, the Dodgers held home-field advantage regardless of their opponent.
This was the Cubs' third consecutive appearance in the NLCS. In 2015, they were swept in four games by the New York Mets. In 2016, they defeated the Dodgers (4–2) in six games, eventually going on to win their first World Series since 1908.
This was the third postseason meeting between the Cubs and Dodgers. The clubs have split their two previous postseason meetings. Los Angeles swept Chicago in the 2008 NLDS (3–0) and the Cubs defeated the Dodgers in the 2016 NLCS in six games (4–2).
This was just the tenth time two teams have met in at least two straight League Championship Series, which have existed since divisional play began in 1969.
The Dodgers offense took a big hit before the series even began when All-Star shortstop Corey Seager was left off the NLCS roster as a result of a back injury suffered in game three of the division series.
Los Angeles won the series, 4–1.
|1||October 14||Chicago Cubs – 2, Los Angeles Dodgers – 5||Dodger Stadium||3:24||54,289|
|2||October 15||Chicago Cubs – 1, Los Angeles Dodgers – 4||Dodger Stadium||3:20||54,479|
|3||October 17||Los Angeles Dodgers – 6, Chicago Cubs – 1||Wrigley Field||3:39||41,871|
|4||October 18||Los Angeles Dodgers – 2, Chicago Cubs – 3||Wrigley Field||3:15||42,195|
|5||October 19||Los Angeles Dodgers – 11, Chicago Cubs – 1||Wrigley Field||3:06||42,735|
|WP: Kenta Maeda (1–0) LP: Héctor Rondón (0–1) Sv: Kenley Jansen (1)|
CHC: Albert Almora Jr. (1)
LAD: Chris Taylor (1), Yasiel Puig (1)
Albert Almora hit a two-run home run off of Clayton Kershaw in the fourth inning. Cubs' starter Jose Quintana held the Dodgers offense to just one baserunner through four innings. However, the Dodgers tied the game in the fifth inning with a Yasiel Puig double and Culberson sacrifice fly after two consecutive walks. Chris Taylor and Puig hit solo home runs in the sixth and seventh off of Hector Rondon and Mike Montgomery, respectively. With two runs batted in, Puig became the first Dodger to have three multi-RBI game in the team's first four postseason games since Dusty Baker in 1977. 
After Puig's home run, Culberson doubled and was tagged out at home trying to score on Justin Turner's single off of John Lackey. Chicago manager Joe Maddon was ejected from the game by Home plate umpire Lance Barksdale after the Dodgers challenged the call, which was overturned upon video review and gave Los Angeles a 5–2 lead. Culberson was determined to have had his path to home plate blocked by Cubs catcher Willson Contreras before he had possession of the ball..
Kershaw allowed four hits and two runs in five innings of work before the Dodgers bullpen held the Cubs hitless over the next four innings. Kenta Maeda earned the win, getting two groundouts and a lineout on five pitches. Kenley Jansen struck out all four batters he faced to earn his third save this postseason.
|WP: Kenley Jansen (1–0) LP: Brian Duensing (0–1)|
CHC: Addison Russell (1)
LAD: Justin Turner (1)
In the second game, Jon Lester and Rich Hill each pitched four scoreless innings before allowing solo runs in the fifth, a solo homer by Addison Russell in the top half and a two-out RBI single by Justin Turner after a leadoff double by Charlie Culberson. The bullpens kept the game tied until the bottom of the ninth when Turner hit a walk-off three run home run off of John Lackey after walks to Yasiel Puig off of Brian Duensing and Chris Taylor off of Lackey. It was the Dodgers' first walk-off homer in the post-season since Kirk Gibson's homer in game one of the 1988 World Series, exactly 29 years prior.
|WP: Yu Darvish (1–0) LP: Kyle Hendricks (0–1)|
LAD: Andre Ethier (1), Chris Taylor (2)
CHC: Kyle Schwarber (1)
The series moved to Wrigley Field in Chicago for Game Three. Kyle Schwarber homered off Yu Darvish in the first inning to give the Cubs an early lead, but it was the only run Darvish allowed in 61⁄3 innings, while he struck out seven Cubs batters. Andre Ethier, making his first start of the post-season, tied the game up with a solo home run in the second off of Kyle Hendricks and Chris Taylor homered in the third to put the Dodgers ahead 2–1. The team added on against the Cubs' pitching staff. Joc Pederson doubled to lead off the fifth and scored on Chris Taylor's triple. Next inning, the Dodgers put two on with no outs off of Hendricks, who was relieved by Carl Edwards. Edwards walked two to force in another run. In the eighth, Mike Montgomery allowed a leadoff walk and single, then threw two wild pitches that allowed another run to score before Kyle Farmer's sacrifice fly made it 6–1 Dodgers. Their bullpen continued to shut down the Cubs and this was the sixth straight post-season game they won, a franchise record.
|WP: Jake Arrieta (1–0) LP: Alex Wood (0–1) Sv: Wade Davis (1)|
LAD: Cody Bellinger (1), Justin Turner (2)
CHC: Willson Contreras (1), Javier Báez 2 (2)
In game four, Jake Arrieta struck out nine batters over 62⁄3 innings in game five for the Cubs while Dodgers starter Alex Wood struck out seven in 42⁄3 innings. All the runs in the game were on solo homers. Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner for the Dodgers in the third and eighth off of Arrieta and Wade Davis, respectively. Willson Contreras hit one in the second and Javier Báez hit two home runs in the second and fifth for the Cubs, who staved off elimination with a 3–2 win, despite manager Joe Maddon being ejected for the second time this series. Davis pitched the last two innings for the save.
|WP: Clayton Kershaw (1–0) LP: José Quintana (0–1)|
LAD: Enrique Hernández 3 (3)
CHC: Kris Bryant (1)
The Dodgers jumped on top in Game 5 off of Jose Quintana when Chris Taylor drew a leadoff walk in the first and scored on Cody Bellinger's one-out double. A home run in the second by Enrique Hernández made it 2–0 Dodgers. Next inning, Taylor hit a leadoff double and scored on Justin Turner's single. Quintana allowed two more singles to load the bases with no outs. Hector Rondon in relief struck out Logan Forsythe, but Hernandez blew the game open with a grand slam, becoming only the fourth Dodger to hit a postseason grand slam (joining Ron Cey and Dusty Baker from the 1977 NLCS and James Loney in the 2008 NLDS). Next inning, Forsythe's two-run double off of John Lackey made it 9–0 Dodgers. Kris Bryant scored the Cubs' only run via a solo home run in the fourth. Every run scored by the Cubs in this series was via home runs. Hernandez's two-run home run in the ninth off of Mike Montgomery extended the Dodgers' lead to 11–1. His seven RBIs in the game set a NLCS record. Kenley Jansen retired Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Contreras on caught balls in the bottom of the 9th inning as the Dodgers won the pennant to get sent to their first World Series since 1988. Chris Taylor and Justin Turner were voted co-MVPs of the series. This was the third straight year the National League pennant winning team clinched at Wrigley Field. The Dodgers +20 run differential for the entire series is tied for the fourth largest in a postseason series. 
Composite line score
|Los Angeles Dodgers||1||2||7||2||4||2||2||3||5||28||42||0|
|Total attendance: 235,569 Average attendance: 47,114|
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