Ranking Justin Turner's most memorable postseason moments with Dodgers

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1. Justin Turner's 2017 NLCS walk-off home run

This is going to be the moment that's replayed the most when looking back on Turner's Dodgers career. It's unequivocally the biggest moment of his entire career, and while it didn't result in a World Series title, it eventually gave the city of Los Angeles something it lacked for three decades: a National League pennant.

Let's set the stage, shall we? The 2017 Dodgers, who were undoubtedly the most magical Dodgers team over the last decade, were squared off against the defending World Series champions, the Chicago Cubs. A year prior, the Cubs took care of business against the Dodgers to eventually go on and win the 2016 World Series.

The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the series with a 5-2 victory in Game 1. Game 2 was not as easy, however, as the two teams were tied 1-1 heading into the ninth inning. Addison Russell hit a solo shot off of Rich Hill in the fifth inning, which was followed by an RBI single by Turner in the bottom of the frame.

After a clean ninth inning by Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers managed to get a runner on second with two outs. In came John Lackey, who walked Chris Taylor to give Turner a shot with runners on first and second and two outs.

29 years to the date after Kirk Gibson's historic walk-off home run in the 1988 World Series, Turner blasted a 1-0 two-seamer to dead center to give the Dodgers a commanding 2-0 series lead en route to the team's first pennant since 1988.

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