This Day In Dodgers History: Justin Turner Hits Walk-Off Home Run Against Cubs In 2017 NLCS
Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner celebrates after hitting a walk-off home run against the Chicago Cubs in the 2017 NLCS
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Oct. 15 is a significant day in Los Angeles Dodgers history for two different events. One, of course, being Kirk Gibson’s walk-off home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.

Until 2017 that held as the Dodgers’ lone postseason walk-off home run. That changed in the National League Championship Series, when Justin Turner delivered for the Dodgers to give them a 2-0 series lead over the Chicago Cubs.

With the score tied at one, Yasiel Puig kickstarted the bottom of the ninth with a leadoff walk against Cubs reliever Brian Duensing. Charlie Culberson advanced Puig to second base with a sacrifice bunt before Kyle Farmer struck out for the second out of the inning.

Chris Taylor extended the frame with a six-pitch walk, paving the way for Turner to create his own defining October moment. On the second pitch from Cubs’ right-hander John Lackey, Turner clubbed a walk-off, three-run home run to center field that sent Dodger Stadium into a frenzy.

The Dodgers eventually defeated the Cubs in five games and advanced to their first World Series since 1988. Turner, who hit a scorching .333/.478/.667 in the NLCS, went on to earn co-MVP honors with Taylor.

Being linked with Gibson in franchise lore was particularly memorable for Turner, a Southern California native who grew up watching the Dodgers.

“One of my earliest baseball memories was being at my grandma’s house and watching that game and watching Gibby hit that homer,” Turner said after his dramatic home run.

“I can’t even put it into words right now. It’s incredible. The most important thing was, obviously, helping us get another win. But that’s something down the road, hopefully many, many years from now I’ll get to tell stories about.”

Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, who of course was at the helm in 1988, put Gibson and Turner in the same category of being players who deliver in big moments.