Down 2-4, the Dodgers came up in the bottom of the ninth inning feeling confident and secure in the fact that they could tumble the Chicago White Sox’ flimsy bullpen. Sure enough, Cody Bellinger came through with a pinch-hit single with one out. He scored one batter later on Logan Forsythe’s line drive double to left field. The next batter, Austin Barnes, singled advancing Forsythe to third base.
With one out and down by a run in the ninth, up comes the wild horse Yasiel Puig. Puig worked an eight pitch at-bat to a full count before doubling off White Sox pitcher Jake Petricka deep to left center. Wednesday, August 16 marked the final regular season walk-off hit by the Dodgers en route to their fifth consecutive division title.
Last year’s magical run featured a different hero every night for the Dodgers. In a year filled with thrilling finishes, it was even more impressive to think that there were a number of hitters contributing to the league leading total of ten memorable walk-off wins.
When the Dodgers won this game on the final at-bat, they had pulled off the thrilling feat more than any other team in baseball. Just two months later, the Dodgers would again use their flair for the dramatic. On October 15th, 2017, Justin Turner blasted a Kirk Gibson flavored walk-off home run. Turner’s tater iced Chicago in Game 2 of the LCS and helped return Los Angeles to the World Series for the first time since Gibson’s Dodgers were there in 1988.