For the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night, it was a case of "the one who got away."
While that descriptor could certainly apply to the 106-win team's extra inning loss in Game 5 of the National League Division Series, which sends the Washington Nationals to the NL Championship Series, it's also appropriate when noting the Nats' elimination game hero: Howie Kendrick.
Before entering a prominent grand slam in the 10th round, Howie Kendrick spent 2015 and 2016 in Dodger blue. And while he put together some solid series with the club, he never had a bigger moment in the playoffs than Wednesday night as a member of the Nationals.
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Despite a solid 14 seasons with the Dodgers, Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Angels, Kendrick has only been an All-Star once and he initially seems far from the biggest threat in Washington's lineup, an honor reserved for sluggers Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto – who each made the home run in the eighth round to tie the score at 3-3 and force extra. SETTING 1 INNING
But Kendrick has had a career renaissance since the Citizens acquired him during the 2017 season in a trade with the Phillies. Since joining Washington, Kendrick has averaged .322 and .896 OPS in 213 games.
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He has played in two Championship Series in his career – – in the American League with the Angels in 2009 and in the NL with the Dodgers 2016. Kendrick and Nats are coming now to meet St. Louis Cardinals, for the right to go to the World Series.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.