We’ve been looking back on the incredible career of recently traded veteran Adrian Gonzalez. With 2017 ending and a new year beginning it’s a good time to take a look back at some of the most memorable moments of the Dodger’s 2017 season. It sure was an exciting year for Dodger baseball with the club winning their first National League pennant in 29 years.
So today we’ll start counting down the top ten moments from the Dodger’s 2017 season. We’ll begin the countdown with a top moment that not only was exciting but also doubles as another highlight from Adrian Gonzalez’s illustrious Dodger career as well.
On April 29th the Dodgers were playing the Phillies at Dodger Stadium in the second game of a three game series. The boys in blue had gotten off to a slow start in the first month of the season and they needed some kind of spark. This was exactly the right kind of game to give them a jolt.
Brandon McCarthy was the starting pitcher for the Dodgers on this night and the lanky right hander allowed four earned runs on eight hits over five innings. To make things worse, the club was unable to hit Philadelphia starter Zach Eflin through the first eight frames. The Phillies had a 5-2 lead entering the bottom of the ninth. Things looked bleak. The ensuing four run ninth inning rally turned into one of the most exciting moments of the regular season.
The Dodgers hit back-to-back-to-back home runs to tie the game. Yasiel Puig hit the first bomb of the frame. Cody Bellinger followed with another solo shot that put the Dodgers within one run. That was Bellinger’s second long ball of the year. Justin Turner immediately followed with a home run of his own to tie the score and send Dodger Stadium into Pandemonium.
All three home runs were hit off of youngster Hector Neris. After Chris Taylor struck out, Austin Barnes singled. The Phillies made a pitching change but that didn’t stop the big blue steamroller, as Oscar would say. Corey Seager’s line drive single advanced Barnes to second. Then Gonzo stepped to the plate with two outs and the winning run in scoring position.
Adrian Gonzalez’s chopper to third deflects off of Philadelphia third sacker Maikel Franco’s glove and rolls into left field. The RBI single scores Barnes from second base to win the game for the Dodgers. Final score : Dodgers 6 Phillies 5.
The three consecutive home runs in the ninth inning brought back memories of the four plus one game against the Padres back in September of 2006.This was just the first of many incredible come from behind wins for the Dodgers during their pennant winning season. It was also one of the final walk-off hits for Adrian Gonzalez’s Dodger career.