One of the most exciting players to wear a Los Angeles Dodgers uniform in MLB history was Andre Ethier. Ethier attended high school at St. Mary’s High School in Phoenix, AZ, and would go on to play college baseball for Chandler-Gilbert Community college and eventually Arizona State University. Ethier had an impressive career at ASU, batting .371 with 113 runs, 27 doubles, seven triples, 14 home runs, and 118 RBIs. Ethier was drafted by the Oakland A’s in the 2nd round of the 2003 MLB June Amateur Draft. On December 13, 2005, Ethier was traded to the Dodgers. Ethier was a career .285 hitter and produced some incredible walk-off moments during his time with the Dodgers.
MLB History: May 6, 2010
On May 6, 2010, the Dodgers would face the Brewers at Dodger Stadium. In the top of the ninth inning, the Dodgers lead the Brewers by a score of 3-1. The Brewers ended up scoring two runs off of Dodger closer Jonathan Broxton, to tie the game at 3-3 heading into the bottom of the ninth. To start the bottom of the ninth, Jamey Carroll would single, followed by another single from Xavier Paul. Matt Kemp walked to load the bases, thus setting up a picture-perfect moment for Ethier to do what he did best and finish the game.
With a 2-2 count, Ethier drove a ball deep into center field and that would be the ball game. In typical walk-off fashion, he was mobbed by his teammates at home plate, and this moment in MLB history became another heroic moment to add to the list of spectacular walk-offs for “Captain Clutch”.
MLB History: August 2, 2015
While the most impressive set of walk-off hits for Andre Ethier came during his run of 11 walk-offs between 2008 – 2010, Ethier had an impressive day against the Angels later in his career. On August 2, 2015, The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead in the top of the eighth, but Kole Calhoun hit a solo home run to tie the game. In the bottom of the eighth, the Dodgers got a boost from a solo home run from none other than Andre Ethier. Ethier launched one deep into center field, and the Dodgers took a 3-2 lead into the ninth.
In the top of the ninth, the Angels battled back. Chris Iannetta hit a double to score Erick Aybar to even the game right back at 3-3. The Dodgers were unable to respond with a winner in the ninth, but eventually would get it done in the 10th. Adrian Gonzalez would draw a walk to go to first base, and due up right after Gonzalez, was Ethier. In typical Ethier fashion, he hit one to right field that made its way over the wall and ended the game. Ethier’s two home run performance gave the Dodgers the win and also the series sweep against their rivals in the Freeway Series.
MLB History: June 6, 2009
In 2008, the Phillies ended the Dodgers season in the NLCS by winning the series four games to one. There were tensions in that series, which set the scene for a thrilling game in 2009.
On June 6, 2009, the Dodgers and the Phillies met on national television to battle in Los Angeles. The Phillies sent out Joe Blanton to start, while the Dodgers had Hiroki Kuroda on the mound. The game stayed scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning when, you guessed it, Andre Ethier hit a solo home run to but put the Dodgers up 1-0. The Phillies would take the lead in the top of the seventh after a two-run single from Matt Stairs. In the bottom of the ninth, Rafael Furcal hit a solo home run to tie the game at 2-2 off of Brad Lidge.
The game would end up going to the 12th inning with the teams still tied at two apiece. Juan Pierre and Orlando Hudson both were unable to get on base, which would bring up Ethier with two outs. This particular moment in MLB history was an important one for Dodgers fans, after a 2008 season that ended in a playoff loss to the Phillies. Ethier launched one to deep center field, and that was the end of it.
Ethier will go down in MLB history as one of the most clutch and thrilling players to wear a Dodgers uniform. In addition to his walk-off heroics, Ethier also put together a 30-game hitting streak in 2011, which would be the second-longest in franchise history.
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