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Dylan Hernandez: Wild NLCS tilts back as championship window reopens for Dodgers

Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times on

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LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers won on Thursday night. Of course they did.

Nothing in this National League Championship Series has made sense.

Including Game 5. Especially Game 5.

Why wouldn’t Chris Taylor replace the sidelined Justin Turner at third base and pay tribute to him with a three-homer game?

Why wouldn’t slumping AJ Pollock relaunch the Dodgers’ dormant offense with a homer in the second inning and punctuate the fusillade with another in the eighth?

Why wouldn’t the Dodgers overcome the loss of opener Joe Kelly just two outs into a bullpen game and claim an 11-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves?

 

Taylor would, Pollock would, the Dodgers would, and the best-of-seven series now returns to Atlanta with the Braves’ lead down to three games to two.

With a seventh consecutive elimination-game victory, the Dodgers’ outlook has shifted from hopeless to promising.

“We’re not in the best situation, but with the players we have, with the leaders we have, with how we prepare, this series isn’t over,” first baseman Albert Pujols said in Spanish.

If games are controlled by pitching, the Dodgers have regained control of this series. They have Max Scherzer starting in Game 6 and Walker Buehler in Game 7.

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