The Los Angeles Dodgers had the most unlikely of heroes in their 1-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday.
Clint Robinson, the 29-year-old rookie, delivered a pinch-hit go-ahead single up the middle breaking a scoreless tie. It was Robinson’s first career hit and RBI in the Majors. More importantly, it put the Dodgers in sole possession of first place in the NL West Standings.
According to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, Robinson was emotional after his big hit:
“Twenty-nine years and counting,” Robinson said. “I have so many emotions right now, it’s kind of hard to even put words together.”
Robinson spent eight seasons in the Minor Leagues, playing with multiple teams and accumulating 3,217 at-bats and collecting 970 hits.
The first baseman was the 25th pick by the Kansas City Royals in the 2007 MLB draft. He had a short stint with Kansas City in 2012, going 0-for-4 with two strike outs in just four games. All four of his at-bats were of the pinch-hit variety.
Robinson had a successful Spring Training with the Dodgers this year, which led to him joining Triple-A Albuquerque at the start of the season. In 77 games with the Isotopes, Robinson hit .309 and drove in 56 runs.
He was called up to the Dodgers Wednesday after the team designated Jamie Romak for assignment. Before being called up, Robinson was hitting .309 with and 14 home runs for Triple-A Albuquerque.
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