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Dodger Fans in Delerium

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Matt Kemp and Russell Martin celebrate with fans. AP Photo/Francis Specker

And the Dodgers are one out away. One sweet beautiful marvelous out away. They will take it any way shape or form. Strike out, ground ball, fly ball, fair ball, line drive, any way they can get their hands on it. That precious thing called the final out.

The words of the Dodger’s poet laureate Vin Scully rang through radios across the city as Alfonso Soriano came up to bat in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday night. The emotion of the situation betraying Scully’s normally calm tenor as the crowd were frothing at the mouth in anticipation of the Dodger’s first playoff series win since 1988.

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It was a very tense low-scoring game in stark contrast to the Dodger blowouts of the first two games at Wrigley Field. The resonance of each pitch was amplified. On each two-strike, two-out count with the Cubs at bat, the crowd would rise in unison twirling their rally towel and coaxing that third strike from Hiroki Kuroda, Cory Wade and Jonathan Broxton.