ARLINGTON, Texas — Now, it is a tale all about how a recreation were given flipped, grew to become the wrong way up, and I’d love to take a minute, simply sit down proper there, I’ll let you know how Will Smith turned into the prince (and goat) of Sport 5.
Briefly, it’s the Will Smith tale.
Now not Will Smith the musician and actor. It’s about Will Smith the pitcher and Will Smith the catcher. One threw a pitch on Friday evening, and the opposite blasted it over the fence for a pivotal three-run house run, powering the Dodgers to a 7-Three win in Sport Five of the Nationwide League Championship Sequence, to the pleasure of all of the lovers in Dodger blue at Globe Existence Box.
Corey Seager added two house runs for the Dodgers, however Smith’s homer off Smith grew to become a deficit into a bonus within the 6th inning — and, like many Will Smith songs, it was once a successful hit.
The Smith-vs-Smith showdown was once the 1st time two gamers with the similar title had confronted every different within the postseason. William Michael Smith, 31, is a veteran left-hander from Newnan, Ga., and pitches for the Braves. William Dills Smith, 25, is a catcher from Louisville, Ky., in his 2d 12 months with the Dodgers. His nickname, in step with the web site Baseball-Reference, is The Recent Prince, a nod to the Will Smith who performed that position within the 1990s hit tv display, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”
“It’s a common enough name,” Will D. Smith stated after the sport, including that there was once every other Will Smith at his highschool, too.
However his namesakes weren’t on his thoughts when the night started. The Dodgers got here into the sport trailing the Braves by way of 3 video games to 1 within the best-of-seven sequence, desiring a win to steer clear of removal from the playoffs for the 8th instantly season. In addition they trailed, 2-1, within the 6th inning when the Braves introduced in Will M. Smith to stand Max Muncy with Justin Turner on base and two outs.
Muncy drew a stroll, and that arrange the second one ever at-bat between Will Smith and Will Smith. Of their earlier assembly remaining 12 months, Will M. Smith struck out Will D. Smith.
As social media started to flutter over the title accident, Will D. Smith fell in the back of within the depend, 0-2. However he drew a complete depend after which grew to become on a low fastball clocked at 94 miles according to hour, sending it into the stands to left box. After which social media in reality exploded.
All at once, the Dodgers led, 4-2 — a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
“That’s the big moment you need a big hit,” Seager stated, “and he got it.”
Dave Roberts, the Dodgers supervisor, stated he had a excellent feeling when he noticed it was once going to be Will Smith vs. Will Smith.
“I did,” he stated. “I’ll always bet on our Will Smith.”
Smith the catcher isn’t recognized to turn a lot emotion at the box, however after hitting the homer he carried his bat about midway down the first-base line, then yelled and slapped fingers with the bottom coaches as he rounded the bases.
“That intensity, that fire and passion is in there,” Roberts stated. “To see it come out is a lot of fun. I know there are going to be bigger hits than that, but that was a big one.”