With last night’s dramatic home run by Juan Uribe to put the Dodgers into the NLCS, we took a look at another clutch home run in today’s Dodgers’ playoff moment.
The year was 1988 and the Dodgers were facing the New York Mets with a chance to go to the World Series. The Mets owned the Dodgers that season, winning 10 out of 11 games during the regular season.
The Dodgers were on the ropes in Game 4 and the Mets had a chance to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series, up by two runs in the ninth inning. Well, all that changed with one swing of the bat.
With Doc Gooden on the mound, the task seemed tough, but Dodgers’ center fielder John Shelby led off the ninth inning with a walk to put the tying run at the plate. Mike Scioscia, who had only three home runs the whole season, come up to bat and quickly fell behind 0-2 in the count.
Then on the next pitch, Scioscia connected with one and hit a blast that cleared the bullpen fence in right field to tie the game and send the game to extra innings, 2-2. In extra innings, the Dodgers broke through and won on a Kirk Gibson solo home run, thus changing momentum as they took the series in seven games.
Without the clutch home run by Scioscia, the Dodgers would’ve fallen down 3-1 in the series and we may have never had the opportunity to watch the dramatic Kirk Gibson home run in the World Series.
Take a look at the dramatic home run in that amazing 1988 Dodger run: