Dodgers eliminated from playoffs on extra-inning grand-slam

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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits in the dugout after giving up back-to-back home runs to the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning in Game 5 of a baseball National League Division Series on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Los Angeles.

The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018, and how coach Tony Bennett and his team used that loss as the source of strength, through to the ACC regular-season championship, the run to the Final Four, and the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

The Cardinals have now reached the Championship Series for the first time since 2015 and the Nationals are the last hurdle remaining between them and a first appearance at the World Series in six years, when they triumphed over the Boston Red Sox 4-2. They got that and then some.

Washington, who eliminated the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 in the Wild Card round, pulled off the biggest upset of the postseason so far as it defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games.

Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki was forced to leave Wednesday's Game 5 after being hit in the face off a pitch from Los Angeles Dodgers starter Walker Buehler in the seventh inning.

Adam Eaton walked against Kelly leading off the 10th, Rendon doubled on a drive that lodged in the left field wall and Soto was intentionally walked.

Kendrick was 4 for 19 with one RBI in the series and had made a pair of errors at first base in the Game 1 loss. It also gave us this photo. Some Dodgers fans might never forgive Roberts for sticking with Yu Darvish too long in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series. The city had faith in us. He gave up a ground-rule double to Anthony Rendon. The fans had faith in us.

I have a Nationals +185 series bet, but instead of looking to hedge it, I'm going all-in with the Nats as live road underdogs. Kershaw has never once allowed home runs on back-to-back pitches in the regular season. Roberts didn't second-hesitate to stay with Kershaw in the eighth.

Buehler, who allowed four hits and three walks while striking out seven, pitched well for the second time in a series that seemed to anoint him as the new No. 1 pitcher in the Los Angeles rotation.