Will Smith needed just 4 games to adjust to the Major Leagues before he made a significant impact. On Saturday night, he came to bat in a 3-3 tie and hit a walk-off homer, sending the Dodgers to a 4-3 win. It was Smith’s first career homer.
Smith hit a 3-2 splitter from Phillies’ pitcher, Héctor Neris and deposited it in the seats. The ball was a moonshot, leaving the bat at a 39-degree angle and peaking at 123 feet in the air. But what everyone will remember is the ball landing in the seats.
“That was awesome,” said Smith. “I mean, first walk-off I’ve ever had, first home run in the big leagues, couldn’t have asked for a bigger state and a bigger moment. I’ll remember that forever.”
Although all the attention is on Smith, and rightfully so, Clayton Kershaw dominated the Phillies over the first 7 innings. He allowed just one run on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts.
The Dodgers will go for the sweep on Sunday afternoon at 1:10 pm. Nick Pivetta will pitch for the Phillies and Rich Hill will go for the Dodgers. Although Pivetta has a 3-1 record, his ERA is 7.71. Hill is 1-1 on the year with a 2.73 ERA.