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The 5 thrilling extra-inning at-bats helped the Dodgers extend Game 2

By in Press Enterprise on October 26, 2017

By J.P. Hoornstra

The Dodgers led Game 2 of the World Series 3-1 after seven innings. They lost in 11 innings, 7-6.

In between, four Dodgers came to the plate representing the game’s final out. They saw 10 pitches while down to their final strike. Only one ended the game – when Yasiel Puig swung and missed at a Chris Devenski changeup, the ninth pitch of a hair-raising duel, at 9:36 local time.

By then, 4 hours and 19 minutes had elapsed since the game’s first pitch. In between were a dozen game-defining moments to fan the flames of emotion.

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“We fought to the end,” Kiké Hernandez said. “Nobody was expecting us to come from behind when we were down two runs. We almost tied it again.”

Here were the five at-bats that kept fans glued until the end:

1. 10th inning, no outs: Yasiel Puig homers to left field

Puig was 0 for 3 in the first nine innings. He made hard contact once but grounded out; he also flied out weakly and was thrown out on a soft tapper to shortstop.

The Astros had just hit two home runs in the top of the 10th inning to take a 5-3 lead. The second home run by Carlos Correa traveled an estimated 427 feet, leading Correa to flip his bat halfway to Chinatown.

Astros closer Ken Giles, who threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning, came back out to close the 10th. Giles threw Puig […]    

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