New twist to L.A. playoff story

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By Mark Langill

Until this week, the Dodgers have never faced a scenario in which a National League Championship Series returned to Southern California tied at one game apiece.

The Dodgers opened on the road in four of their 10 previous NLCS appearances. They won the first two games at Pittsburgh in 1974 and the first two games at Philadelphia in 1978, which was critical in an era when the playoff series was a best-of-five format. In both cases, the Dodgers lost Game 3 in Los Angeles and wrapped up the series in four games.

The LCS format changed to a best-of-seven playoff in 1985. The 2008 Dodgers lost the first two games of the NLCS at Philadelphia and eventually dropped the series in five games, and the 2013 Cardinals beat the Dodgers in the first two games of the NLCS in St. Louis en route to a victory in six games.

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Other trivia, Dodgers haven’t lost a playoff series of any kind after winning first game since the 1985 NLCS to Cards (and they won the first 2). They haven’t won a playoff series of any kind after losing first game since the 1988 NLCS, so hopefully that will change this year.

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