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Dodgers results in the NLDS

A look at how the Dodgers have fared in the opening round of the playoffs.

October 02, 2013|By Houston Mitchell
  • Dodgers first baseman James Loney (7) celebrates with teammate Manny Ramirez after hitting a grand slam against the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the National League division series at Wrigley Field.
Dodgers first baseman James Loney (7) celebrates with teammate Manny Ramirez… (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles…)

The Dodgers have participated in the National League division series seven times. Here's how they fared:

1981

Dodgers 3, Houston 2

In the first NLDS — held because the season was split in two by a players' strike — the Dodgers rallied from a 2-0 series deficit to win the final three games at Dodger Stadium. Jerry Reuss outpitched Nolan Ryan, 4-0, in Game 5. Steve Garvey was the batting star, hitting .368 with two home runs.

1995

Cincinnati 3, Dodgers 0

The Reds outclassed the Dodgers, outscoring them 22-7. The lone bright spot was Eric Karros, who had two home runs in Game 2.

1996

Atlanta 3, Dodgers 0

The Dodgers wasted a strong pitching effort by Ramon Martinez in Game 1 when reliever Antonio Osuna gave up a home run to Javy Lopez in the 10th inning of a 2-1 Braves victory. Ismael Valdez and Hideo Nomo were the losing pitchers in Games 2 and 3.

2004

St. Louis 3, Dodgers 1

After failing to win a playoff game since 1988, the Dodgers finally broke through against the Cardinals when Jose Lima pitched a five-hit shutout in Game 3.

2006

New York 3, Dodgers 0

The tone for the series was set in Game 1, when Jeff Kent and J.D. Drew were thrown out at the plate on the same play — after a double by Russell Martin — in a game the Dodgers lost, 6-5.

2008

Dodgers 3, Chicago 0

The Dodgers finally won a division series, with the key blow coming in Game 1 when James Loney hit a grand slam to center field in the fifth inning. The Dodgers never trailed in any game after that.

2009

Dodgers 3, St. Louis 0

The Dodgers rallied with two runs in the ninth of a 3-2 Game 2 victory when Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday lost a two-out liner hit by Loney in the lights and dropped the ball for an error.

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