Hershiser throws first pitch before NLDS Game 5

Former Dodgers ace won NLCS Game 7 vs. Mets in 1988

Hershiser throws first pitch before NLDS Game 5

LOS ANGELES -- Orel Hershiser, the former Dodgers ace who led the team to a World Series title in 1988, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium on Thursday night before the Dodgers' 3-2 loss to the Mets in Game 5 of the National League Division Series.

Hershiser was on the mound against the Mets the last time Los Angeles had to play a winner-take-all postseason game. He beat New York in Game 7 of the 1988 NL Championship Series. Hershiser was named the 1988 NLCS MVP and the World Series MVP, in addition to winning the NL Cy Young Award.

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Mickey Hatcher, one of Hershiser's teammates from the 1988 World Series championship team, caught the first pitch.

Anthony Anderson, star of the ABC television show, "Black-ish," announced the Dodgers' starting lineup. Actor Zachary Levi sang the national anthem.

David Adler is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.