It seemed like Thursday night in Arlington was full of record-breaking performances for the Dodgers. Justin Turner broke the franchise postseason hit record, Julio Urias struck out more batters than any franchise reliever, and Will Smith did something that no catcher in MLB history has done.
When Will lined a double down the right-field line in the 9th inning last night, he became the first catcher in history to collect five hits in a playoff game. Funny enough, Will came into this game without a postseason hit to his name in 2020.
The Dodgers' Will Smith is the first catcher in baseball history with a five-hit game in the postseason and only the ninth player ever to reach five hits in a playoff game.
He is an absolute star. Scary that the Dodgers keep drafting and developing this well.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 9, 2020
Smith doubled twice and singled three different times throughout the course of the game. He was a big part of the reason the Dodgers were able to dominate the Padres en route to an NLDS series sweep. Smith drove in three runs and left just one man on base.
That wasn’t the only record that he broke with that fifth hit though. Smith also broke the franchise mark for playoff hits in a game by any Dodgers player.
Will Smith had no hits this postseason entering today. He has now set the Dodger playoff record with five hits in a game.
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) October 9, 2020
Offensive production from the catching position has not been a luxury afforded to the Dodgers for quite some time now. Yasmani Grandal was arguably their best offensive catcher in a long time, but he had a tendency to disappear during the playoffs. Will Smith and Austin Barnes seem to be completely flipping that narrative on its head in 2020.
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