Justin Turner Helps Dodgers Get One Step Closer To World Series

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Justin Turner helped the Los Angeles Dodgers avoid extra innings against the Cubs in Game 2 of the NLCS with a walk-off home run.

After Los Angeles was able to secure a win in the first game of the series against the Cubs, Justin Turner let his heroics shine in the bottom of the ninth. In a game that was tied 1-1 at the time, Turner’s home run put dampers on any hope of the Cubs stealing one of the first two games in LA.

Now as the series heads to Chicago, the Dodgers can’t afford to get comfortable. In fact, having a 2-0 lead should give them the kind of motivation to win that a team would have trailing in a series.

Los Angeles had a 2-1 series lead a year ago over the Chicago Cubs a year ago, but that didn’t end well for them. If the Cubs are able to win Game 3, the Dodgers run the risk of falling into the same fate as a year ago.

Obviously, this team has a bit of a higher expectation, and thus far in the postseason they’ve met that standard of excellence. Following a 3-0 series sweep of the Diamondbacks in the NLDS, the Dodgers have remained a perfect 5-0 and are just two more wins from a World Series appearance.

If the Dodgers are able to make it to the World Series, they’ll have a date with the New York Yankees or the Houston Astros, depending on which team prevails in the American League. Either championship match up is fun to consider, but the Dodgers can’t afford to celebrate early and lose focus of what they have left to do to finish the Cubs off.

Nothing quite like a chance to go cutthroat with the defending champs, and if the Dodgers can keep their magic going, maybe they won’t have to come back home until it’s a World Series game.

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Nights like this should remind us that that is very possible.