What. A. Game. Your Los Angeles Dodgers have moved on to the National League Division Series to face the hated San Francisco Giants. LA’s All-Star utility man, Chris Taylor, walks the Dodgers off late on Wednesday night, taking Cardinals’ All-Star closer deep into the night for the 2-run homer.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 7, 2021
For Taylor, it was a swing a relief.
“I’m a believer that everything happens for a reason,” Taylor said after sending the Dodgers to the NLDS. “There’s highs and lows. Everything I’ve been through, all the struggles, the successes, everything has brought me to this point. I think this is right where I’m supposed to be.”
The 31-year-old free-agent-to-be has had some massive swings in his Dodger career, but perhaps none were as big as this one. Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth with a runner on base, CT3 said he wasn’t trying to do too much. Maybe just look for a single to drive home Cody Bellinger from second base and send the boys in blue up to San Francisco for a Friday night date by the bay. Instead, Chris got all of a hanging slider to make sure the Dodgers survived the do-or-die ballgame.
“These are the type of moments that you dream about and you live for. I’ll be able to look back on that for the rest of my life.”
Walk-off HR, Dodgers postseason history:
2021 NLWC Chris Taylor
2018 WS G3 Max Muncy
2017 NLCS G2 Justin Turner
1988 WS G1 Kirk Gibson
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It was Taylor’s sixth career postseason home run, all with LA, and came at a time where his struggles had grown so bad, it seemed like it would be hard to see him in the starting lineup for the Dodgers this October. In September, he hit just .121 and has hit just .223 since the All-Star break.
“I think to put it simply the game honors you,” Dave Roberts said of CT after the game. “He was ready when called upon.”
It was a total team effort on Wednesday night and is likely a sign of things to come all postseason long for Los Angeles. For now, we just bask in the fact that the Dodgers acquired Chris Taylor from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for RHP Zach Lee.