LOS ANGELES — Breaking down Game 2 of the NL Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium:
The game: Justin Turner’s walk-off three-run homer off John Lackey in the bottom of the ninth broke a 1-1 tie to end a closely fought Game 2 in Los Angeles.
Turner’s home run came on the 29th anniversary of the Dodgers’ last walk-off postseason home run – Kirk Gibson’s legendary blast off Dennis Eckersley in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. The Dodgers are two wins away from returning to the Series for the first time since that championship season.
Veteran lefties Rich Hill and Jon Lester took very different routes to very similar results through the first five innings. Hill looked sharp, using his trademark curveball to induce ugly swings and weak contact from the struggling Cubs’ lineup. He allowed a home run to Addison Russell to open the fifth, but finished the inning strong and left the game after five innings of three-hit, one-run ball with eight strikeouts and one walk.
Lester was far shakier,…