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Freeway Series Video: Kiké Hernandez Hits Game-Tying Home Run In 9th



Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports
Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to the Los Angeles Dodgers taking the field Saturday night for their final game of Spring Training, word began to trickle out of expected roster cuts as the club needed to finalize their decision ahead of Opening Day.

Among the players who shared publicly they informed they would not make the 25-man roster were Kiké Hernandez and Sergio Santos. Both got the opportunity to play at Dodger Stadium, though Hernandez’s night was more memorable than Santos’.

The utility man came up to bat in the bottom of ninth with the Dodgers trailing, 6-5. Angels right-hander Ryan Mattheus got ahead in the count, then saw his 0-1 pitch hit well beyond the center-field fence.

The home run was Hernandez’s sixth of the spring, which tied Joc Pederson for the team lead. After failing to get a hit through his first six games, Hernandez eventually turned a corner and put together a modest six-game hitting streak at one point.

Hernandez finished the spring batting .267/.279/.600 with the six home runs and 12 RBIs, which was good for second-most on the team. He now heads to Triple-A Oklahoma City where he’ll look to continue his strong play with an eye on returning to Dodger Stadium at some point this season.

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