Kris Bryant flies out to Kike Hernandez.

Two outs left.

Anthony Rizzo flies out to Yasiel Puig in right field.

One out left.

Willson Contreras lines out to the infield.

Game.

FINAL SCORE: Dodgers 11, Cubs 1

Dodgers win the pennant and are heading to their first World Series since 1988.


Mike Montgomery struck out Cody Bellinger to start the ninth frame.

Yasiel Puig hit a base hit, but Logan Forsynthe flew out.

Kike Hernandez hit his third home run of the game. It’s a two-run home run. He has seven RBI, which is a new Championship Series record.

Charlie Culberson hit a base hit to centerfield. It was his third hit of the night.

With two on and two outs, Joc Pederson was up to pinch hit and he was struck out.

It’s do-or-die for the Cubs.

–End T9–

Dodgers 11, Cubs 1


Ben Zobrist struck out to begin the second to last frame for the Cubs.

Ian Happ hit a base hit to centerfield and then waved to the dugout.

Albert Almora Jr. was retired on strikes.

With two out and one on, Kyle Schwarber, who is 1-for-2 with a walk Thursday, struck out to end the inning.

–End B8–

Dodgers 9, Cubs 1


Ian Happ took over second base, and Mike Montgomery started the eighth inning on the mound.

Charlie Culberson hit a leadoff triple into the ivy.

Kyle Farmer grounded out to Kris Bryant and Culberson stayed his ground at third.

Chris Taylor also grounded out to Kris Bryant.

Anthony Rizzo tagged Justin Turner to end the inning.

–End T8–

Dodgers 9, Cubs 1


David Ross has a point.

Before leading the crowd in the seventh inning stretch, the former Cubs catcher shared some perspective.

“Let’s give it up for three great Octobers at Wrigley Field,” Ross yelled.

He has a point. This is the Cubs’ 36 post season game. The only team that come near that feat in the last three years are the Dodgers, who are playing in their 24th game.

Onto the bottom of the seventh, Clayton Kershaw was replaced with Kenta Maeda.

Kershaw’s final line: six innings pitched, three hits, one error, one walk and five strikeouts.

Willson Contreras led off for the Cubs and Maeda got him swinging.

Addison Russell flew out to centerfielder Chris Taylor.

With two out, Javy Baez couldn’t get much going either. He strikes out to end the inning.

–End B7–

Dodgers 9, Cubs 1

David Ross threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the beginning of Game 5. Matt Slocum/Associated Press


Yasiel Puig gets tagged out by Anthony Rizzo to start the seventh inning.

Logan Forsythe grounded out to Addison Russell. Brian Duesning walked Enrique Hernandez, who has two home runs Thursday nigh — one was a grand slam.

Austin Barnes struck out to end the inning.

Cue “Take Me Out to the Ballgame!” led by David Ross.

–End T7–

Dodgers 9, Cubs 1


Albert Almora Jr. lined out to begin the inning.

Kyle Schwarber pulls out a surprise bunt to get on base.

Kris Bryant grounded a ball to Justin Turner who connected at second base to get Schwarber out. Bryant made it safe to first.

With two outs and one on, Anthony Rizzo lines out to end the inning.

–End B6–

Dodgers 9, Cubs 1


Brian Duensing replaced John Lackey on the mound.

Kris Bryant managed to get a behind the back grab to get Chris Taylor out at first.

Justin Turner flew out to left fielder Kyle Schwarber for out No. 2.

Cody Bellinger struck out to end the inning.

Enrique Hernandez celebrates with teammates after hitting a grand slam in the third inning against the Chicago Cubs during game five of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 19, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. | Jamie Squire/Getty Images

–T6–

Dodgers 9, Cubs 1

Up next: Albert Almora Jr., Kyle Schwarber, Kris Bryant


Ben Zobrist flew out to right field.

Tommy La Stella grounded out to second baseman Logan Forsythe to end the inning.

–End B5–

Dodgers 9, Cubs 1

Up next: Chris Taylor, Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger


The Cubs look like they’re out of steam.

The largest deficit ever overcome in a postseason game was eight runs. The Cubs are trailing by nine.

Kyle Schwarber, who leadoff for the Cubs this inning, struck out looking.

Kris Bryant wasn’t done though. He hit a home run off of Kershaw’s first pitch.

Anthony Rizzo grounded out to Logan Forsynthe.

Willson Contreras gets a base hit, locating the ball in the right field corner.

With two out and one on, Addison Russell grounded out to end the inning.

–End B4–

Dodgers 9, Cubs 1

Up next: Austin Barners, Charlie Culberson, Clayton Kershaw


The Dodgers won’t stop coming. Logan Forsynthe hits a 2 RBI double.

Dodgers 9, Cubs 0


Ben Zobrist is called out on strikes, leading for some unknowable reason to a conference on the mound with pitcher Clayton Kershaw surround by teammates and his pitching coach. Maybe they’re hatching a plan to sneak champagne into the dugout?

Leonys Martin, hitting for Hector Rondon, grounds out to second base.

Albert Almora Jr. gets into one and sends it screaming over the center fielder’s head … almost. So close, but Chris Taylor pulls it in with a back-to-the-infield snow come catch.

Hey, here comes John Lackey!

John Lackey stands on the mound in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game five of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 19, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. | Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

–End B3–

Dodgers 9, Cubs 0

Up next: Chris Taylor, Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger


Chris Taylor strikes again. For his fifth hit in the NLCS, Taylor hit a ground-rule double after his line drive to left field bounces into the stands.

Justin Turner hit a RBI single, sending Taylor home after he hit the ball into the gap between right and center field.  Turner is 7-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Talk about delivering when it counts.

Cody Bellinger goes 2-for-2 hitting a single to the outfield.

With two on and no one out, Yasiel Puig, who is 6-for-15 with runners in scoring position this postseason, was up next.

Puig hit a base hit to right field, which held Turner at third.

The bases are loaded with nobody out yet.

Joe Maddon takes the ball from Quintana and went to Plan B.

Quintana’s line: two innings pitched, six hits, three errors, one strike out and one walk.

Hector Rondon will replace Quintana and inherit bases loaded and no outs.

Rondon starts out strong by getting Logan Forsynthe swinging.

Enrique Hernandez hits a grand slam. It was his second homer of the night. The Dodgers actually lead the MLB with eight grand slams this season.

Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with teammates after hitting a grand slam in the third inning against the Chicago Cubs during game five of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 19, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. | Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Interesting Fact: That was the Dodgers fourth postseason grand slam. The last grand slam the Dodgers have hit in the postseason was actually also at Wrigley Field. James Loney hit one off of Ryan Dempster in 2008 NLDS Game 1.

Clayton Kershaw strikes out inning to end a brutal inning for the Cubs.

–End T3–

Dodgers 7, Cubs 0

Up next: Ben Zobrist, Jose Quintana, Albert Almora Jr.


Willson Contreras grounded out to Charlie Culberson who made the catch on his back. Culberson threw to first while on his knees and beat Contreras by a mile.

Addison Russell flew out to right field.

Javy Baez, who had two home runs Wednesday night, struck out to end the quick inning.

–End B2–

Dodgers 2, Cubs 0

Up next: Chris Taylor, Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger


Enrique Hernandez hit a leadoff home run to get things rolling for the Dodgers in the second inning. It was his first homer this postseason.

Austin Barnes flew out to center field where Albert Almora Jr. pulled it down and Charlie Culberson popped out to Javy Baez.

Clayton Kershaw grounded out to Jose Quintana to end the inning.

–End T2–

Dodgers 2, Cubs 0

Up next: Willson Contreras, Addison Russell, Javy Baez


Albert Almora Jr. struck out to start for the Cubs lineup.

Kyle Schwarber drew the walk from Clayton Kershaw.

Clayton Kershaw started Game 5 on the mound for the Dodgers. | Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Kris Bryant was retired after grounding out to Charlie Culberson.

With one on and two out, Anthony Rizzo grounded out the Culberson, too.

–End of B1–

Dodgers 1, Cubs 0

Up next: Kike Hernandez, Austin Barnes, Charlie Culberson


Chris Taylor led off the Dodgers lineup and drew nine pitches from Jose Quintana. Ultimately, Taylor got the walk.

Quintana struck out Justin Turner swinging.

Cody Bellinger hit a RBI double and then wnet to third on the throw. Taylor slid into home as Willson Contreras tried to tag, but it was too late.

Cody Bellinger got things rolling for the Dodgers with a RBI double. | Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Dodgers get on the board first and lead 1-0.

The Dodgers weren’t able to capitalize on Bellinger at third. Yasiel Puig popped out to Anthony Rizzo and Logan Forsynthe grounded out to Quintana to end the inning.

–End of T1–

Dodgers 1, Cubs 0

Up next: Albert Almora Jr., Kyle Schwarber, Kris Bryant


Albert Almora will lead off and the left-handed hitting Kyle Schwarber will bat second for the Cubs against Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw in Game 5 of the NLCS Thursday night at Wrigley Field.

Switch-hitter Ben Zobrist is in right field, with the left-handed hitting Jason Heyward, the better defensive option of the two, on the bench.

Game time is an hour earlier, at 7:08 p.m., than Games 3 and 4 at Wrigley.

The Cubs defeated the Dodgers 3-2 in Game 4 to prevent a four-game Dodgers sweep, improving to 5-0 in elimination games since the beginning of the 2016 season. The Cubs need a win to send the series back to Los Angeles for a sixth game Saturday.

Left-hander Jose Quintana will oppose Kershaw, with lefty Jon Lester lined up for a possible Game 6. Lester said before Game 5 he is preparing to start that potential game and wasn’t expecting to pitch in relief in Game 5. Lester started Game 2 in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Since the League Championship Series expanded to seven games in 1985, the only team to overcome a 3-0 deficit was the 2004 Red Sox against the Yankees.

Cubs lineup:

Albert Almora CF, Kyle Schwarber LF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Willson Contreras C, Addison Russell SS, Javy Baez 2B, Ben Zobrist RF, Jose Quintana P.

Dodgers lineup:

Chris Taylor CF, Justin Turner 3B, Cody Bellinger 1B, Yasiel Puig RF, Logan Forsythe 2B, Kike Hernández LF, Austin Barnes C, Charlie Culberson SS, Clayton Kershaw P