During game one of a double header Tuesday, June 19th, Kyle Farmer ripped a 2-run RBI double down the left field line to secure a 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the 9th inning against the Chicago Cubs.
Jansen would promptly come in to close the game out and secure the come-from-behind win. As this incredible event unfolded I had a familiar feeling of déjà vu as if what I was watching was not the first time I had seen it. Indeed, Kyle Farmer coming up clutch for the Dodgers has been a theme of his short, but exciting career with the Dodgers. Let’s look back at 4 clutch moments already present in Kyle Farmer’s electric career.
Clutch Moment #1
Who could forget Farmer’s first MLB at-bat in which he punched a ball down the right field line to walk-off against the rival San Francisco Giants? This walk-off win was one of the premier highlights of the Dodgers’ 2017 season. This was also the clutch moment for Farmer that started it all.
- July 30th, 2017 vs. San Francisco Giants
- Bottom of the 11th, Dodgers Batting, Behind 1-2
- 2 RBI walk-off double down the RF line
Clutch Moment #2
As if one go-ahead double down the right field line against the Giants wasn’t enough, Farmer hit the exact same double to give the Dodgers the lead during opening week of the 2018 season. Kyle Farmer showed how much he truly “bleeds blue” by continuing to torture the Giants with clutch hit after clutch hit. This RBI double gave Farmer the unofficial nickname of “Giant-killer”. Also, Farmer loves hitting it down the line…take a look
- April 8th, 2018 at San Francisco Giants
- RBI double down the RF line
- Top of the 10th, Dodgers Batting, Tied 1-1
Clutch Moment #3
Moving right along. On May 3rd, Farmer stepped up to the plate in a tied game with the Arizona Diamondbacks while manning 3rd base in the absence of Justin Turner. With the bases loaded and one out Farmer forced a 10 pitch at-bat in which two runners scored off wild pitches before he ripped an RBI single to left field to give the Dodgers a 5-2 lead. Farmer thrives at the plate when pressure is on.
- May 3rd, 2018 at Arizona Diamondbacks
- 2 wild pitches that score 2 runs, then RBI single to left-center
- Top of the 8th, Dodgers Batting, tied 2-2
Clutch Moment #4
As has already been discussed, Farmer hit yet ANOTHER go-ahead double down the left field line to score two and take the lead against the red-hot Chicago Cubs. Oh and there were two outs and two strikes while being down a run. The only circumstance that would raise the pressure of this moment would be if it occurred during the playoffs. This was Farmer’s 3rd pinch hit go-ahead double that was hit down either the left or right field line in only 52 MLB games played. Talk about clutch.
- June 19th, 2018 at Chicago Cubs
- 2 RBI double down the LF line
- Top of the 9th, Dodgers batting, down 2-3
It has been incredible to watch Farmer get up to the plate this far in his career. Although his career batting average on .244 isn’t necessarily next level as of yet, Farmer hits the ball when it matters most. Look for Farmer to stay on the 40-man roster the rest of the way and be relied upon heavily by Dave Roberts in high-pressure situations going forward. If nothing else, Farmer has earned the role of being the Dodgers’ go-to pinch hitter. And if you want to win some money betting against your friends when Farmer steps up to the plate, put your money down that he’ll hit a double down the line.
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