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Dodgers’ Kiké’ Hernandez became first full-time position player to allow walk-off home run

Kike Hernandez

On Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Los Angeles Dodgers reached their breaking point. After 15 innings and eight pitchers used on the night, Los Angeles called upon Enrique Hernandez to take over on the mound.

In stepped Hernandez, a full-time position player who is frequently called upon to start at nearly every position on the diamond. On Tuesday night, he took the mound for the first time in his MLB career. After a rough night at the plate, it could have been an opportunity to make up for it.

“I was 0 for 7 at the plate and this was my chance for redemption,” Hernandez said, via The Orange County Register. “It didn’t work out that way.”

After he recorded a lineup against outfielder Nick Williams, Hernandez walked the next two batters he faced. Then on a 2-2 count, third baseman Trevor Plouffe send the fans home happy in Philadelphia with a three-run, walk-off home run.

According to StatsByStatsit marked the first time in MLB history a full-time position player surrendered a walk-off home run.

While Hernandez was certainly disappointed in the outcome, he helped his team in the end. His teammates finally got to go home and sleep while he saved his manager from having to use another reliever.