Dodgers News: Alex Verdugo and Matt Beaty Make Baseball History

There’s just something about the Dodgers and historic feats this season. Two rookies, in back-to-back nights, hit a walk-off home run, and that made history. In fact, it was the first time in MLB history that a team had two rookies hit a walk-off home run in back-to-back games, according to Elias Sports.

Looking Back

It’s a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the ninth inning. Rookie infielder Matt Beaty walks up to the plate with two outs and Max Muncy on first base. He gets set and takes the first pitch from Rockies’ reliever Jario Diaz for a ball. On the next pitch, Diaz throws a fastball at 97 MPH but Beaty swings and drives it to right-center field. The ball clears the fence, the crowd goes wild and the Dodgers win 4-2.

The following night, rookie outfielder Alex Verdugo walks up to the plate in the bottom of the 11th inning with one out. The score is tied at 4 and the Rockies have Jesus Tinoco on the mound. He gets Verdugo into a 1-1 count and then delivers a fastball at 94 MPH. Verdugo swings and hits it into the Rockies bullpen, giving the Dodgers a 5-4 victory.

It’s not unusual to see teams hit a walk-off home run. It is rare to see it happen on back to back nights, but not unheard of. The Dodgers last did it in 1999 with Gary Sheffield and Raul Mondesi, according to MLB Stats.

The Dodgers continued to prove that they are, in fact, “nastyyy.”

The boys can hit! The boys can hit!”

      -Alex Verdugo

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Written by Blake Williams


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