1. Dodgers sweep Cubs in Game 3 – 2008 NLDS
After stunning the Chicago Cubs on the road and taking the first two games by a combined score of 17-5 the Dodgers found themselves just one win away from winning their first playoff series since the 1988 World Series.
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Facing the Cubs would be starter Hiroki Kuroda who was given the lead right away. In the bottom of the first with two outs, James Loney – the hero of game one – had another clutch at-bat when he doubled with Russell Martin and Manny Ramirez on base giving the Dodgers a quick 2-0 lead. A fifth-inning double by Martin gave the Dodgers a 3-0 lead that Kurosawa never relinquished.
Kuroda pitched six strong innings scattering six Cubs hits and striking out four, the bullpen did the rest despite giving up a run the Cubs were never close to tying the game. In the ninth inning closer Jonathan Broxton punctuated the Dodgers win by striking out Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano sweeping the series.
The win started the Dodgers off on their winning ways in the playoffs after 20 years of futility and gave fans the best moment in the NLDS.
This year, the Boys in Blue look to make it to their second consecutive NLCS. Los Angeles, in the four straight playoff berths prior, alternates between making the NLCS and dropping out of the first round. With the rotation not in the Dodgers’ favor this year, fans may start to get more nervous as first pitch approaches.