Dodgers News: James Outman Reacts to Game-Winning Grand Slam Against Cubs
Dodgers rookie James Outman is off to a sensational start this season. Entering Friday’s game, he’s slashing .290/.397/.645 with five home runs, three triples and 15 RBIs. The biggest hit of his young career, however, came on Thursday, in the 9th inning of the Dodgers’ win.
Outman, who had already homered in the 3rd inning, came up with the bases loaded in a 2-2 ballgame. After working the count full, he made Cubs RHP Michael Fulmer pay for leaving a cutter over the middle of the plate.
Outman crushed the ball to right field, sending it over the fence, and putting the Dodgers up 6-2.
The Dodger fans at Wrigley Field were fired up, the Dodgers dugout was fired up and Outman, himself was quite fired up, too. Take a look for yourself:
After the game, Outman caught up with SNLA’s Kirsten Watson to talk about the incredible moment.
“I definitely think that was the biggest situation of my career so far. It was really cool,” Outman said. “To be honest, just emotions took over. They were fired up. I was fired up. We were all fired up together.”Via SNLA
The Dodgers were stuck on two runs since Outman hit his first home run of the game back in the 3rd inning. They desperately needed someone to have a big moment, and Outman ended up being that guy.
“It was great. My emotions took over and I was excited,” Outman said. “We were hurting for a run the whole game it seemed like, so the fact that we got it, it was huge.”
This is nothing new for Outman, who has been one of, if not, the best hitter on the Dodgers all year long. He’s making an early case to be the National League’s Rookie of the Year, and even sneak onto the All-Star team.
Outman was going through a mini slump heading into the Cubs series, but on Thursday, that quickly changed.
Outman hit two home runs, drove in five RBIs and threw out a would-be go-ahead runner in the 4th inning, putting the Dodgers on his back in a series opening win against the Cubs.
The only change that needs to be made is that Dodgers manager Dave Roberts better start putting Outman in the everyday lineup. He deserves consistent at-bats, no matter if it’s a righty or lefty on the mound. The Dodgers are a much better team when Outman is in the lineup.
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