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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

26-pitch first inning for Kenta Maeda, who has now given up 8 ER on 11 hits plus 6 BB in 8.0 IP this postseason -- ERA up to 9.00.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Kenta Maeda has been out there for 8 IP in the postseason. The leadoff man has reached in 4 of them. Must enjoy working from the stretch

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

A view of Kenta Maeda getting through the first inning from the Dodgers bullpen.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Kenta Maeda is not looking sharp yet again for the Dodgers. The rookie right-hander gave up a run in a 26-pitch first inning as the Cubs took an early 1-0 lead in Game 5 of the NLCS.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Considering the way Kenta Maeda has struggled down the stretch, Dave Roberts can't let this game get away early. Alex Wood would be the logical long guy out of the pen, but he threw 32 pitches last night, so it may have to be a game where Roberts churns through his relief staff.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

A view of the action from the Cubs bullpen.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Vin Scully returns to Dodger Stadium for the first time since his retirement.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers just won pregame anyway. To kick off Game 5 of the NLCS, the legendary, and now retired broadcaster, dropped his famous pregame catchphrase. "It's time for Dodger baseball!" was met by a standing ovation.

Bradford Doolittle @bbdoolittle

Dodgers throw a karma gauntlet at the Cubs: Chicago villain Steve Garvey, former Cub Eric Karros & Vin Scully getting crowd going pregame.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Vin Scully in the house.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Dodger Stadium is offering special Chicago Dogs tonight for Cubs fans. They're as disappointing as they look.

karl ravech @karlravechespn

feels like the Dodgers have to win tonight, but thats the beauty of baseball. Looking forward to seeing how LA attacks Lester if they get on

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Pivotal Game 5 of the NLCS is at the top of the hour in L.A. with Cubs-Dodgers tied 2-2. The ViewFromVegas is the Cubs are -165 favorites to win the series at the Westgate SuperBook with the Dodgers at +145. The Cubs (with Jon Lester starting) are also -160 road favorites tonight with an over/under of 7 runs.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Clayton Kershaw on Kyle Hendricks: "He's kind of the Greg Maddux of this generation."