Just when it seemed the Dodgers were on the verge of losing their second consecutive game in the NLDS, they woke up. The offense, which had been anemic in Game 2 and earlier in Game 3, got their swag back in top of the sixth inning.
LA was trailing Washington 2-1 with two runners on, and Russell Martin was down to his last strike. It was looking like the Dodgers were going to blow yet another scoring opportunity, but Martin smashed one the opposite way for a two-out double to give LA the lead.
“I think we needed a big hit,” Martin said to Stephen Nelson after the game. “All year long, different guys have come up in different times, and tonight was kind of my tonight to kind of spark the plug and get everybody going. And after that it just seemed like one after another, we just kept putting good at-bats together.”
All of the @Dodgers 7 runs scored in the 6th inning came with 2 strike counts and 2 outs in the inning.
No team has ever done that in a #postseason inning. pic.twitter.com/7mbYykahMW
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) October 7, 2019
Martin’s clutch hit was followed shortly by another RBI double from Kike Hernandez, and Justin Turner capped off the sixth inning with a three-run home run, giving the Dodgers a commanding 8-2 lead.
Perhaps as great as Turner’s homer was this instant classic staredown at the mound:
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) October 7, 2019
“I don’t know what happened after that,” Turner told AM 570 on his viral photo. “I didn’t even know what my handshakes with my teammates were. I was just happy.”
Martin put the exclamation point on the game in the top of the ninth inning when he sent a moonshot to center field for a two-run home run and put the Dodgers up 10-4 and putting himself in the company of baseball royalty in the process.
The @Dodgers' Russell Martin has a 2-run double and a 2-run HR tonight.
Players 36 or older with 2+ XBH and 4+ RBI in a playoff game:
Babe Ruth (1932 WS Game 3)
Paul Richards (1945 WS Game 7)
Russell Martin (tonight)#LABleedsBlue
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) October 7, 2019
The Dodgers will look to close out the Nationals in Game Four tomorrow and advance to their fourth consecutive NLCS.