Down by 2 runs in entering the 9th in a game where they’d only collected one hit? Not a problem for this Dodgers team. Corey Seager hit a two-run double to tie the game and Kiké Hernández came through on his bobblehead night with a walk-off base hit.
With 11 walk-offs under the belts, the Dodgers and everyone nearby was smelling walk-off as soon as the 9th inning began. It started with a lead-off walk to Max Muncy followed by a double from Cody Bellinger.
With one out, Seager ripped a double into right field, scoring Muncy and Bellinger to tie the game. Then Hernánez came to the plate. If I’ve learned anything this year it’s not to doubt struggling players with walk-off opportunities. Why? Walk-off base hits.
The Yankees are coming to town on Players’ Weekend. It will be a battle for the best record in the Major Leagues and, if they end the season tied, the winner of the series has home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Currently, the Dodgers lead at 85-44 (.659) vs the Yankees at 83-46 (.643, 2 games back).
One more thing I should mention is the strengths and weaknesses of each team. The Dodgers have a great starting rotation, a great lineup, but a struggling bullpen. The Yankees have a killer bullpen, a dominant lineup, but practically no starting rotation.