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ARLINGTON, Texas – The first uprising between players with the same name in postseason history has been overwhelming.
Enough, perhaps, to turn the tide in this National League Championship Series, though.
In a Will Smiths five-game play, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ version rolled a spectacular and-bat against its Atlanta Braves counterpart, falling into a two-strike hole before releasing a full as fastball left – Field seats at Globe Life Field, a critical three-run home run for a club eliminating elimination.
The Dodgers made a run for a 4-2 lead to the bottom of the sixth in Game 5, with the Braves holding a 3-1 NLCS lead.
The Dodgers will continue with a 7-3 victory, forcing Game 6 Saturday afternoon.
“That was a great AB,” Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, who slammed two home runs, said about Smith’s home-turn home game. “He fought his ass the whole time, took a ball down and left and put it well.”
Smith, the Dodgers’ second year catcher, and Smith, in his first year at the Braves bullpen, met before. The left-hander is the San Francisco Giants who are close to last season, and he met the former Dodgers shooter with two outs under the ninth 5-4 game on September 7, 2019.
Smith the pitcher then prevailed, ignoring his younger counterpart to end the game.
Seems like a great place for a trivia question. Then came Friday night.
“I will always bet on our Will Smith,” quod manager Dodgers Dave Roberts quipped.
With both teams focused on bullpen games, Smith thought of entering early, and he was summoned two out of the sixth, obviously to retire left slugger Max Muncy.
But Smith threw three consecutive balls at Muncy, battling a whole number before walking towards Muncy, with the bat not leaving his shoulder.
Sooner or later, that might have been the pitcher for Smith. But the new minimum three-batter ordered the Smith-Smith matchup to take place, and history was made.
Friday’s hero is not the one who takes the bait out of all this weirdness.
“Who knows? It’s a fairly common name,” he said.
Can’t figure out what Act III will bring.