Ranking Justin Turner's most memorable postseason moments with Dodgers
By Jason Reed
3. Justin Turner's game-winning home run in the Dodgers' return to the World Series
The Los Angeles Dodgers went 29 years between trips to the World Series and Justin Turner was a key component in getting the team back in 2017 (more on that later). While the 2017 World Series now has a negative connotation surrounding it, the entire city was buzzing when the Dodgers won the NL pennant.
Los Angeles continued its winning ways in Game 1 of the World Series after going 7-1 in the NLDS and NLCS to get there. It was an old-fashioned pitchers duel between Clayton Kershaw and Dallas Keuchel, with one swing being the main difference.
It was 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth after the two teams traded solo home runs (Chris Taylor's being in the Dodgers' first at-bat of the game). Turner stepped to the plate with a runner on first and two outs, and would continue his red-hot October up to that point.
Keuchel hung a 1-2 slider high in the zone to Turner, who promptly sent a high fly ball into left field that just narrowly got out of the ballpark. It was a historically hot World Series game that night in the infamous juiced ball season. In normal conditions, that probably was a flyout.
The Dodgers went on to win Game 1 of the World Series, 3-1. This was actually Turner's most impactful play in his Dodgers career in terms of championship probability added (9.14%).