Los Angeles Dodgers: Top 5 moments of the 2020 season
By Jamaal Artis
3. Will Smith vs. Will Smith
In the 117 years of modern playoff baseball, there had never been a pitcher vs. batter matchup where the players had the same name. Until Game 5 of the 2020 NLCS in the top of the sixth inning, that is!
This wasn’t just a matchup for future trivia games — it was actually the turning point of the Dodgers’ playoff hopes! Dodgers catcher Will Smith came up to bat with two men on, trailing the Atlanta Braves and their relief pitcher Will Smith on the mound.
With two outs and a 1-2 count, Will Smith the Dodger swung at a low pitch and drove it deep into left-field and out for a stunning three-run home run to put the Dodgers into the lead and start their comeback from a 3-1 deficit in the series. Our Will Smith struggled in the playoffs, but there would have been no World Series triumph without his huge game-changing home run.