Yasiel Puig's Little League walk-off homer, A-Gon's unreal circus catch combine for wild Dodgers win
Looking to sweep the visiting Nationals and win their sixth game in a row, the Dodgers found themselves knotted in a 2-2 tie in the early part of their game on Wednesday. Hits and big plays were proving hard to come by. There were some sad fananas all around the stadium:
But then, things changed. Magic erupted into the Hollywood night.
In the fifth inning, Nats pitcher Joe Ross lofted a popup down the right-field line, sending Chase Utley and Adrian Gonzalez (and Yasiel Puig) in pursuit. That's when things got weird.
On its way down, the ball deflected off Utley's outstretched glove, ricocheting toward Gonzalez's leg. Gonzalez, though, picked up the ball off the carom before it touched the ground -- making this a particularly ridiculous circus catch:
The box score may just say "foul popup to first baseman," but we all know it was much more than that. The Dodgers got out of the inning with the score still tied. And that, ladies and gentlemen, was just the opening act.
After Pedro Baez gave up the lead in the eighth inning on a Wilson Ramos homer, L.A. came storming back in the bottom of the ninth. Howie Kendrick started the rally with a one-out single and Yasiel Puig's walk-off Little League home run under the glove of outfielder Michael Taylor gave the Dodgers a 4-3 win:
And the slide into home plate was like an audition for a new Superman movie:
"I was ready for the hit and nobody thought the ball would go through, so when I did see the ball go through, I had to talk to my hamstring so I could figure out far I could go on the bases," Puig said through an interpreter.
"I had to slide. I couldn't do more with my hamstring, so I had to throw myself like I was at the beach."
Puig ran the bases in a Statcast™ measured 15.2 seconds -- tying Jason Kipnis for the fastest home-to-home time of the season:
What a night in Los Angeles. The Dodgers remain one game up for the first NL Wild Card spot and 5 1/2 games behind the Giants in the NL West.