NLDS Game 5: This is it. The season is over. One last blog entry before we all go home.

Andre Ethier

Andre Ethier makes a diving catch to rob New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto of a hit in the second inning. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

In a winner-take-all Game 5, Daniel Murphy and the Mets struck a dagger through the heart of the Dodgers’ pitching staff. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

A sold-out Dodger Stadium was denied its chance to celebrate, writes David Montero.

The Dodgers were doomed by some familiar mistakes, writes Vincent Bonsignore. One was a stolen base on which nobody covered third. Murphy was great, but some of the Dodgers’ wounds were self-inflicted, writes Mark Whicker.

Andre Ethier and Don Mattingly both said after the game that their nationally televised screaming match was merely a continuation of Ethier’s argument with home plate umpire Gary Cederstrom (but, as Ethier told me after the game, “if that’s what you want to hang the game on, that’s what you can hang the game on.”). As Tom Hoffarth writes, the explanation didn’t need to wait that long.

I’m told the Dodgers will not be making any announcements tomorrow, so try to sleep this one off and enjoy the rest of the playoffs. I’ll have some follow-up stories from tonight.

If you’re made it this far, a personal thank-you for sticking with me all season. A common question I get is “what do you do during the off-season?” The answer: I write about the Dodgers.

So keep coming back. There’s always news with this team.

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NLDS Game 4: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers force a winner-take-all Game 5.

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw smiles after Yoenis Cespedes’ swinging-bunt single to begin the seventh inning Tuesday in Game 4 of the National League Division Series. (Getty Images)

NEW YORK — So much for that Clayton Kershaw playoff curse. The narrative was paused, and the Dodgers’ season was extended, with the Dodgers’ 3-1 win over the Mets on Tuesday in Game 4 of the NLDS.

The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Chase Utley‘s appeal of his two-game suspension won’t be heard until Monday. Yasmani Grandal‘s left shoulder is still bothering him. Kershaw and Mets manager Terry Collins go way back.

Colleague Tom Hoffarth checked in with the SportsNet LA broadcast crew, curiously focused while TBS handles television coverage of the NLDS.

Justin Turner has been the Dodgers’ driving force in the series, writes colleague Mark Whicker. Game 5 is going to be special.

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NLDS Game 3: Mets send Dodgers to the brink of elimination.

Brett Anderson

Brett Anderson allowed six runs in three innings in his National League Division Series debut. (Associated Press photo)


NEW YORK — The Mets pushed the Dodgers to the brink of elimination in Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Monday, winning 13-7. The Dodgers know the task ahead of them. Mets starter Matt Harvey made a bold prediction midgame, writes columnist Mark Whicker.

The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Chase Utley never played and never spoke to the media, but his day was engulfed in drama.

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NLDS Game 2: Chase Utley and the Dodgers slide into New York with a win.

The Dodgers evened their National League Division Series with a 5-2 win over the New York Mets before a sold-out crowd on Saturday night. Dodger Stadium organist Nancy Bea Hefley, who is retiring after the season, might have played her final rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame,” but that’s not what you will remember about the seventh inning.

The game turned on a take-out slide at second base by Chase Utley that fractured Ruben Tejada‘s right fibula. The Dodgers scored one run on that play and three more after it. The half-inning ended about 33 minutes after it began. The sequence had the feel of Joe Kelly hitting Hanley Ramirez in the ribs to begin the 2013 National League Championship Series, in terms of its potential impact. Utley spoke to reporters after the game. So did the Mets, and they were pissed.

The photo gallery is here. The box score is here.

Zack Greinke pitched a dogged seven innings, writes columnist Mark Whicker.

A couple morning-after thoughts.
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Game 162: Jimmy Rollins is undefeated (as a manager) and Clayton Kershaw is Mr. 300.

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw tips his cap to the crowd after he was removed in the fourth inning of the Dodgers’ 6-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday. (David Crane/Staff photographer)

Clayton Kershaw got his 300th strikeout in the Dodgers’ season-ending 6-3 win over the Padres. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Game 162 was the only meaningless game the Dodgers played all week (and all season), which might matter.

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