With his third-inning home run, Brandon Woodruff became the latest pitcher to hit an unlikely postseason dinger
In the third inning of Friday's NLCS Game 1 between the Brewers and Dodgers, Brewers manager Craig Counsell made a curious decision. With the pitcher's spot due up to lead off the bottom half of the inning, he brought in reliever Brandon Woodruff to pitch the top half.
Then, Counsell left him in to lead off the bottom half against Clayton Kershaw instead of calling on a pinch-hitter. Woodruff showed that to be a smart move as he sent a 2-2 fastball a long way:
Just two years ago,
Like Woodruff, Wood went back to the mound after hitting his home run and held the opposing team scoreless.
Of course, Wood's Cubs went on to win the 2016 World Series -- an accomplishment still very much in play for Woodruff's Brewers. If Woodruff is lucky, he'll even get a chance to follow in the footsteps of 2008 World Series champion
Hey, less likely things have happened.