Dodgers avoid World Series heartbreak by crashing in NLDS, receive wave of online jokes

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As far as "Dodgers falling short in the postseason" narratives go, their NLDS Game 5 loss to the Nationals on Wednesday could not have checked many more boxes.

Often-criticized Clayton Kershaw was on the mound when Los Angeles' two-run lead disappeared. He has been an all-time great regular-season pitcher but has regularly struggled in the playoffs, a trend that continued with him allowing back-to-back home runs to Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto to tie the game in the eighth inning.

Often-maligned manager Dave Roberts then curiously kept reliever Joe Kelly in the game with the bases loaded in the 10th inning. Kelly surrendered a go-ahead grand slam to Howie Kendrick that effectively ended the Dodgers' season.

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Non-LA fans around the world got a kick out of the Dodgers losing in the NLDS following consecutive World Series disappointments, particularly because of the manner in which it happened.

Here are a handful of the jokes made:

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