WATCH: Chris Taylor Seals Victory for the Los Angeles Dodgers With Clutch Walk-off

Published 10/07/2021, 2:37 AM EDT
Oct 6, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Chris Taylor (3) reacts as he rounds the bases after hitting a walk-off two run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium. The Los Angeles Dodgers won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


MLB action on Wednesday witnessed a tightly contested National League Wildcard game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals. Throughout the match, fans across the world knew it would take something special to settle the tie.

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Notably, in the bottom of the ninth innings, Chris Taylor showed up in style to send the Dodgers and their fans into delirium.

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Chris Taylor seals victory for the Los Angeles Dodgers with a clutch home run

While the Cardinals clinched a wildcard spot relatively early, the Dodgers were in contention for the NL West division title until the last day of the regular season. However, the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres in their last match, sending the Dodgers into the NL Wildcard game. Due to their superior 106-56 record, they had a home advantage for the wildcard game.

The Cardinals made a bright start in yesterday’s game, taking a 1-0 lead in the first innings itself. The Dodgers needed to wait till the fourth innings to level the scores, with Justin Turner smashing a solo home run. Neither team managed to score in the next four innings, as they entered the ninth inning tied at 1-1.

After scoring three outs in the top of the ninth inning, the Dodgers walked in, attempt to win the game. However, the Cardinals scored two outs, which brought Cody Bellinger to the plate. Bellinger quickly occupied first base, bringing Taylor up to the home plate.

With everything on the line, the 31-year-old outfielder smashed a pitch from Alex Reyes into the stands on the left side of the field to send the Dodger Stadium into euphoria.

Taylor’s run around the diamond became a procession as the fans cheered their hero’s walk-off. At the home plate, his teammates celebrated wildly, as the 31-year-old tossed his helmet in the air.

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The Dodgers will face the San Francisco Giants in the NLDS

With their victory over the Cardinals, the Dodgers progressed to the National League Division Series. There, they will face the San Francisco Giants, who had the best record in this regular season of 107-55.

Oct 6, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate the walk-off two run home run hit by left fielder Chris Taylor (3) against the St. Louis Cardinals during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium. The Los Angeles Dodgers won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

This rivalry will pan out in a best-of-five series as the reigning World Series champions face arguably their toughest test in the postseason. The series will begin in Oracle Park on Friday, October 8th.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 & US Sports News Author at EssentiallySports. He began following F1 since 2010, which made him an instant Sebastian Vettel fan. His favorite tracks on the calendar include Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco and Monza.

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