Going into the bottom of the third inning, the Dodgers were leading 1-0. To that point in the game, the Brewers had done little off Clayton Kershaw, as singles in both the first and second innings had led to nothing on the scoreboard for the home team. Miller Park was quiet.
Then Brewers reliever Brandon Woodruff stepped to the plate.nfl nike jerseys for cheap
“I was hoping he was the guy that was going to get the at-bat today,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of Woodruff. “Just kind of depended how it worked out, and it ended up being him.”
Counsell liked Woodruff at the plate because he had seen him hit a home run earlier in the year. And he simply had a good swing, which he showed off in batting practice before the game. The manager wasn’t the only one thinking positive thoughts.
“I swear, two people called it,” teammate Jacob Barnes said. “Afterward, I looked at them like, ‘Are you kidding me right now?’ It was a good swing. He’s been considered as a pinch hitter at times I think. … It was impressive and a big momentum change.”
Players call home runs all the time but no one really believed Woodruff would turn on a Kershaw fastball and deposit it more than 400 feet from the plate to tie the score 1-1. It was surreal.
“It’s something, obviously, coming into the day you don’t know in your wildest dreams that that’s going to happen, to be able to get an at-bat off Kershaw and hit a home run,” Woodruff said.
It was the first home run in postseason history hit by a lefty-hitting pitcher off a left-handed hurler. And when that starter is named Kershaw, it takes the “wow” factor to another level.nfl nike jerseys cheap china
“To see the ball go out of the ballpark against Clayton, obviously, that was a surprise to all of us,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.