Solely in Hollywood.
Dodgers outfielder Chris Taylor lived the dream of hundreds of thousands of baseball followers in Tuesday’s NL wild-card sport in opposition to the Cardinals, hitting a 420-foot walk-off residence run within the backside of the ninth — with two outs and one on — to safe the 3-1 win and ship Los Angeles to the NLDS vs. the Giants.
Here is the second Taylor immortalized himself in Dodgers historical past:
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Taylor — who ended the common season with an 8-for-72 stretch on the plate — was making simply his second plate look of the night time within the essential second, having popped out to left area in his first at-bat within the backside of the seventh. Previous to his look, Albert Pujols and Steven Souza Jr. each lined out to middle area. Following that, T.J. McFarland walked Cody Bellinger, prompting Cardinals supervisor Mike Shildt to exchange him on the mound with Alex Reyes.
Reyes lasted solely 4 pitches in substitute of McFarland — who finally took the loss — as Taylor smashed a dangling slider to win the sport. That mentioned, his two-run homer was certainly one of just a few offensive outbursts for Los Angeles; Justin Turner received the Dodgers on the board first with a solo homer within the backside of the fourth. The Cardinals’ lone run of the day got here when Tommy Edman reached residence on a wild pitch by starter Max Scherzer within the high of the primary.
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Taylor later joined MLB Community to speak concerning the homer:
“As soon as (Bellinger) received to second, I used to be simply making an attempt to get a success,” Taylor mentioned when requested whether or not he was searching for a house run. “They type of had the proper facet open, so I used to be kind of considering the opposite means. He simply left a slider up that I used to be in a position to get the hit out on.
“Fortunately I’ve had quite a lot of apply at (coming off the bench to hit) the final three or 4 years. Actually I am simply making an attempt to not do an excessive amount of.”
Together with his residence run, Taylor grew to become simply the fourth participant in Dodgers historical past to hit a walk-off residence run within the postseason, becoming a member of Turner, Max Muncy and Kirk Gibson. Per MLB Stats, he’s the primary Dodgers participant to do it in a winner-take-all postseason sport, and the first MLB player to do it since Edwin Encarnacion within the 2016 Al wild-card sport between the Blue Jays and Orioles.
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Naturally, Twitter misplaced its collective thoughts in response to Taylor’s game-ending fireworks:
Chris Taylor since Aug. 27:
8 for 72
30 strikeouts, 8 hits
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) October 7, 2021
Wow wow wow!! Chris Taylor’s residence run within the ninth inning sealed the victory for my @Dodgers over the Cardinals and Dodgers Stadium went wild!!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) October 7, 2021
THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS ACQUIRED 2021 NL ALL-STAR CHRIS TAYLOR FROM THE SEATTLE MARINERS IN EXCHANGE FOR ZACH LEE.
— Vincent Samperio (@VinceSamperio) October 7, 2021
CHRIS TAYLOR I AM GONNA NAME MY FIRST BORN AFTER YOU
— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) October 7, 2021
The cool factor about October: Each single participant has a narrative. May very well be redemption. May very well be constructing a legacy.
For Chris Taylor, it is erasing recollections of an 8-for-72 stretch to finish the common season with a walk-off residence run in a win-or-go-home wild-card sport.
— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) October 7, 2021
Chris Taylor vs Alex Reyes#Dodgers
Dwelling Run 💣
Exit velo: 110.7 mph
Launch angle: 21 deg
Proj. distance: 420 ft
Little question about that one 🔒
That is a dinger in all 30 MLB ballparks
STL (1) @ LAD (3)
🔻 ninth pic.twitter.com/ZxlPuhXHnd
— Wouldn’t it dong? (@would_it_dong) October 7, 2021