Yu Darvish isn't much with the bat. He was 5-for-36 with one walk in Japan and 4-for-31 with one walk in the Majors when he came to the plate with two outs in the top of the sixth during the Dodgers' 6-1 win on Tuesday in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World.
That left lots of people scratching their heads as the Dodgers had the bases loaded. Sure, Darvish had only allowed a first-inning home run to Kyle Schwarber , and his slider was looking like some kind of trick pitch, but this was the time for Los Angeles to extend its 3-1 lead.
Instead, manager Dave Roberts left the Dodgers' other ace in (even if this one didn't realize that Roberts was responsible for the pivotal steal in the 2004 ALCS). And the skipper wound up looking like a fortune-telling genius.
Carl Edwards Jr.'s first pitch was high. So was his second and third. He then missed outside and it was done: Darvish had walked in a run to give the Dodgers a 4-1 lead. It was the first time a pitcher had walked with the bases loaded in the postseason since 1977.
And Darvish, well, he may not have a lot of experience with bat flips, but he tried -- opting to go with the rare and emphatic overhand route:
Edwards could only shake his head in disgust:
But the internet? Well, the internet was thrilled:
Yu Darvish has as many postseason RBI as Ted Williams.- Kazuto Yamazaki (@Kazuto_Yamazaki) October 18, 2017
If you think THAT was nuts, Jim Palmer walked with the bases loaded in two consecutive innings in the 1971 WS: https://t.co/8ps3e8I02D- Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) October 18, 2017
Yu Darvish and Dave Roberts just absolutely schemed their way into that run pic.twitter.com/fl09CJnXe1- Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) October 18, 2017
Of course, because this is baseball, Edwards then returned to strike out Chris Taylor -- who had homered and tripled in a run earlier in the game -- to end the inning. It was just one batter too late for the Cubs.
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