Since making his MLB debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2019, Will Smith has had a knack for coming through in the clutch.
That again was evident this year when he hit a walk-off home run against the San Francisco Giants on July 20, which the DodgerBlue.com staff ranked No. 7 on the list of best Dodgers plays from the 2021 season.
Trailing 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth, the Dodgers were down to their final three outs when Giants reliever Tyler Rogers began the inning by walking Chris Taylor and Matt Beaty on a combined nine pitches.
With the tying and go-ahead runs on base, Smith entered the game as a pinch-hitter and took an 0-1 fastball from Rogers as he struggled to find a feel for his pitches.
Smith then connected on the next pitch for his second career walk-off home run to give the Dodgers an 8-6 win. “Just trying to get a pitch I could drive and hit.” Smith said of the at-bat. “The 0-0 was actually a pretty good pitch to hit, and I took it.”
Smith’s first walk-off home run came on June 1, 2019 against the Philadelphia Phillies, which marked only the fourth game of his big league career.
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— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 21, 2021
While that marks the end of his home runs in walk-off fashion, the 26-year-old has continued making an impact with his bat late in games.
After squandering a 4-0 lead against the New York Mets on Aug. 13 of this past season, Smith helped put the Dodgers back on top with a solo home run to lead off the top of the 10th.
Then on the following day, Smith hit a game-tying solo home run in the seventh inning that led to another comeback victory for the Dodgers.
Top Dodgers plays from 2021
No. 7: Will Smith walk-off home run vs. Giants
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