LOS ANGELES — It was shades of Reggie Jackson, with Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Chris Taylor putting on one of the greatest power-hitting shows in Dodgers’ postseason history.
Taylor hit three home runs and drove in six runs Thursday night, carrying the Dodgers to a 11-2 lead over the Atlanta Braves.
Taylor, starting at third base in place of injured Justin Turner, hit a two-run home in the second inning off Braves pitcher Max Fried.
Then a two-run homer off Chris Martin in the fifth inning.
And finally, a solo homer off Dylan Lee in the seventh inning.
He even mixed in a third-inning single.
It was the 12th, three-homer game in postseason history, and the first since Kike’ Hernandez for the Dodgers in Game 5 of the 2017 NLCS.
Taylor also became the first player in MLB history to have a walk-off homer in an elimination game (in their 3-1 wild-card victory over St. Louis) and a multi-homer game in another elimination game.
No one has accomplished the feat in an entire career