The Los Angeles Dodgers entered the ninth inning of Monday’s game trailing 7-0 after Cliff Lee dominated them through the first eight innings. Lee didn’t take the mound in the ninth, but the Dodgers were unable to complete a comeback against Jeff Manship in the final inning.
Back in September of 2006, the Dodgers found themselves in a similar situation, though not quite as despair, going into the bottom of the ninth against the San Diego Padres. The Padres led 6-5 at the end of eight and scored three runs in the top of the ninth to push their lead to 9-5 as the Dodgers were down to their final three outs.
Jeff Kent led off for the Dodgers with Jon Adkins on the mound for the Padres. Kent delivered a 1-0 fastball over the center field fence, which injected some life in the Dodgers. J.D Drew hit next and he sent a 2-1 pitch into the stands for a solo homer, bringing the Dodgers within 9-7 and the rally was on. Trevor Hoffman, who at the time was three saves shy of Lee Smith’s MLB record, relieved Adkins.
Russell Martin was the first batter Hoffman faced and he hit a home run on the vaunted closer’s first pitch. With three consecutive home runs, the Dodgers were trailing by just one run as Marlon Anderson stepped in. Anderson hit Hoffman’s first offering for a right-center field home run to give the Dodgers their fourth straight home run, which also tied the game.
The Padres responded with a run in the top of the 10th, but the Dodgers weren’t done. Completing one of the more improbable games to ever be played at Dodger Stadium, Nomar Garciaparra gave the Dodgers a walk-off win on a two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th.