Dodger fever hit a new high tonight as Los Angeles beat Atlanta 4-3 to clinch the National League Division Series en route to a match-up against either the Pittsburgh Pirates or the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series.
See also: Dodgers Turn NLDS Upside Down.
It was a Cinderella season with the boys in blue shaking off cobwebs and a dismal 196-193 record in June to become one of the hottest teams in baseball:
You could blame it all on a Cuban with a magic bat, Yasiel Puig, but Monday night's hero was Juan Uribe, who hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to allow his team to go ahead of the Braves and ultimately lock up the win.
Before that Atlanta was up 3-2 despite Carl Crawford's solo homers in the first and third innings. Atlanta tied it up in the fourth and then, in the seventh, the Braves' Jose Constanza singled in Elliot Johnson, who had tripled, to put that 3-2 black cloud over Dodger Stadium.
Uribe's at-bat packaged the victory. And Dodgers' pitcher Brian Wilson was credited with the win.
The team will play in the NLCS Friday.
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Manager Don Mattingly said the decision to allow Clayton Kershaw to start was made by committee. He was to be saved for a possible fifth game but was put on the mound last night last-minute.
Throwing on only three days' rest, he allowed two unearned runs and three hits while he also struck out six and allowed one to walk. Kershaw was replaced after the sixth inning.
The scenario was something that we talked about before the season even ended. Once we knew we were in and had ourselves set up, seeing the schedule for the playoffs, we looked at different scenarios for Game 4 and what they could be. As we kept looking at it, it made more and more sense.