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Dodgers Make Incredible History With Comeback Win vs Rockies

The Los Angeles Dodgers entered the top of the ninth inning at Coors Field down five runs against the Colorado Rockies. They won 11-9, completing one of the wildest comebacks in franchise history.

It was the first time since the franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1958 that they pulled off a comeback win when trailing by five or more runs in the ninth inning. Entering the final frame, the Dodgers had a 0.5 percent chance of winning.

And, if that wasn’t enough history to make in one night, the Dodgers also became the first team in Major League Baseball history to hit a grand slam and a three-run home run while trailing in the ninth inning or later of the same game.

“We always talk about it here in the clubhouse: Don’t give away at-bats,” said Dodgers outfielder Teoscar Hernández. “Fight through the at-bats, see a lot of pitches, and try to get a good one.”

Jason Heyward knew Colorado reliever Tyler Kinley threw with velocity. He studied the first fastball and slider he saw. He fought off the second slider and was ready for another.

“I just told myself, ‘All right, you got a feel for the take, you got a feel for the swing,’” Heyward said. “Just right there, take your time. If it’s there, it’s there. If it’s not, tip my cap.”

He got a 2-2 slider on the inside corner and drove into the right-field foul pole. Momentum officially shifted in the Dodgers’ direction with one swing. Shohei Ohtani followed it up with a single and Freddie Freeman was intentionally walked to set up the moment for Hernández.

Hernández was given a reprieve when his two-strike check swing was called a ball. On the very next pitch, Hernández lofted one to deep right-center field. He immediately flipped his bat and pounded his chest turning the 0.5 percent probability of winning into a 91.6 percent chance.

“In those situations, I just want to get a good pitch to hit to tie the game with a man on second,” Hernández smiled. “I put a little extra and it went over the fence.”

Photo Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

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Maren Angus

Maren Angus-Coombs was born in Los Angeles and raised in Nashville, Tenn. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and has been a sports writer since 2008. Despite being raised in the South, her sports obsession has always been in Los Angeles. She is currently a staff writer for Dodgers Nation and the LA Sports Report Network.

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