Dodgers: Remembering the historic back-to-back-to-back rookie walk-offs
It is without a doubt that the 2019 season was a memorable one for the Dodgers. From a record-breaking 106 wins to outstanding pitching, to an array of rookies proving their worth.
The Dodgers made sure to put on a spectacle for the fans this year. Although it may have been cut short, we were able to take away so many memories like the back-to-back-to-back walk-off rookie home runs in June.
On June 21, the Dodgers were heading into a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies. Although this was the first night of the historic run, it was not the only history that was made.
On that night Walker Buehler took the mound and had his first complete game with 16 strikeouts, a career-high for him. Although Buehler had an amazing night pitching, the Dodgers went into the ninth inning tied, until Matt Beaty came up to bat.
The rookie, who ended up hitting .265 on the year, hit a two-run home run to end the game and give the Dodgers the win. This was no surprise, Beaty had been exceptional for the team thus far and continued to be clutch for the team.
The next day, the Dodgers found themselves in the same position in the ninth inning. With a tied game, many wondered if the same outcome was going to happen. However, the Rockies put up a fight until the 11th inning, when Alex Verdugo stepped up to the plate. The rookie followed Beaty’s footsteps and hit a solo home run to end the game and give the Dodgers yet another walk-off victory.
At this point, the Dodgers had set an MLB record with having back-to-back walk-off home runs by rookies.
But that was not enough for the Dodgers.
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On Sunday, the final game of the series with the Rockies, the boys in blue found themselves in the same position yet again. The hero of this game being Will Smith, the rookie catcher who did not even know if he was going to play in the game that day.
During the beginning of the year, Smith had gone back and forth from OKC to Dodger Stadium and had shown his power on both teams. He already had a walk-off with the Dodgers after just seven games and had been dominating in the minors.
The 23-year-old came up to bat in the ninth and made the most of the opportunity and hit a three-run home run to walk-off yet another win for the Dodgers. And the team had made history yet again.
Thanks to the historic walk-offs, the Dodgers would then move to be 54-25 on the season which gave them the best record in baseball.
On the season, the Dodgers had 12 walk-offs as a team, leading the majors. Though all 12 were special in their own right, none will be more memorable than the three that weekend at the end of June.