The Dodgers had a tremendous game yesterday to retake the NL West lead from the Padres. They came back from a four run deficit in the ninth inning in remarkable fashion -- by hitting four home runs in a row.
Elias says this has only been done three times previously in major league history. The last time? The Minnesota Twins.
Check out this game. On May 2nd, 1964, the Kansas City Athletics had pushed the tying run across in the bottom of the ninth to make it 3-3, and the Twins had barely squeezed out of the inning alive by striking out Billy Bryan with the bases loaded.
But in the top of the 11th, Tony Oliva smacked a solo shot (his second home run of the night) off of Dan Pfister. Bob Allison followed with another. And Jimmie Hall another. The Athletics brought in Vern Handrahan to try and stifle what must have felt inevitable at that point. But of course, Harmon Killebrew could not be denied. Four solo home runs, and the Twins win 7-3.