10:00 PM ET, October 4, 2008
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Dodgers get production from Kuroda, top three hitters to complete sweep of Cubs
LOS ANGELES -- It's a century and counting for the Chicago Cubs.Manny Ramirez and the Los Angeles Dodgers shoved Chicago into another long winter Saturday night, completing a three-game sweep of their first-round playoff series with a 3-1 victory.
• The Dodgers won their first playoff series since winning the 1988 World Series. It's their first series sweep of any kind since the 1963 World Series when they beat the Yankees in four straight.
• Alfonso Soriano finished the series 1-for-14 and is hitting .036 (2-for-28) in the postseason since joining the Cubs. For his career, he's batted .212 in the postseason.
• The top third of the order (Furcal, Martin, Ramirez) did the damage again for the Dodgers, going 4-for-9 with all three runs and three walks. For the series, they hit .371 with 11 runs and 10 RBIs.
-- ESPN research
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The Dodgers celebrated their first postseason series victory since the 1988 World Series.
The Dodgers were 23-9 at Dodger Stadium after the All-Star break for the best home record in baseball. ... The Cubs were 42-38 on the road, but won 21 of their final 29 road games including nine straight from July 23-Aug. 15. ... Former Dodgers stars Don Newcombe and Duke Snider threw the ceremonial first pitches. Both were members of the franchise's first World Series champions, in 1955. The Dodgers moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles three years later. ... The Astros tied St. Louis for the NL's best record in 2001.
|1st||J Loney doubled to deep right, R Martin and M Ramirez scored.||0||2|
|5th||R Martin doubled to deep left, R Furcal scored.||0||3|
|8th||D Ward singled to center, D Lee scored.||1||3|
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|Stadium||Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA|
|Attendance||56,000 (100% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||66 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Jim Reynolds|