Ranking Justin Turner's most memorable postseason moments with Dodgers

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2. Justin Turner's clutch double play in the 2020 NLCS

The Dodgers may have won the 2020 World Series in six games against the Tampa Bay Rays, but the series that Dodgers fans will remember more is the 2020 NLCS. While the World Series was certainly filled with drama (let's not talk about that Brett Phillips moment), the 2020 NLCS will ultimately go down as one of the best playoff series in team history.

Not only did the Dodgers break an October record with a historic first inning in Game 3 of that series, but the team battled all the way back from 3-1 down to beat the Braves in seven games. It was the most improbable of comebacks against a really good Braves team that would win the World Series the following year.

The biggest moment of that series was Cody Bellinger's go-ahead home run in Game 7, which was Bellinger's best moment as a Dodger. However, that home run wouldn't have been possible if it wasn't for the best defensive play of Turner's career earlier in the game.

Atlanta had a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth and were threatening to break the game wide open. The Dodgers were forced to go to their best high-leverage reliever, Blake Treinen. With runners on first and second and no outs, Treinen spiked an 0-2 pitch that allowed the runners to move to second and third to remove the double play.

The Dodgers needed a miracle to get out of the inning without a run allowed, and that's exactly what they got.

Nick Markakis chopped a ground ball to Turner, who was positioned on the infield grass near the 5-6 hole. Without hesitation, Turner fired home to get Dansby Swanson in a rundown. Will Smith would flip the ball to Turner, who ran Swanson down and dove to tag him from behind. Turner then made the clutch heads-up play to pivot, fire to third, and get Austin Riley out at third.

Cristian Pache would ground out to end the inning, stopping a potential disaster for the Dodgers. Atlanta would not score again the rest of the game.