Hanley Ramirez was a one-man gang for the Los Angeles Dodgers offense on Friday night. He was also a one-hand gang in one particularly powerful feat.
Ramirez's heroics weren't enough to lift the Dodgers over the Atlanta Braves in Game 2 of the NLCS. They fell 4-3. But Ramirez did drive in all three Dodgers runs, with a homer in the eighth inning and an RBI double in the first. Fun fact: According to Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A., Ramirez tied a Dodgers record with three extra-base hits in a playoff game.
It was the homer that was most impressive, though. He was off-balance, fooled on the pitch and swang like he was just trying to foul it off. By the game he connected, he had one hand on the bat. Ramirez's body language said foul ball. But the ball flew over the left-field fence, just inside the foul pole. A two-run homer? A two-run homer!
While that was cool, what might have been cooler for the Dodgers was if somebody else managed a hit with runners in scoring position. There are no extra runs for hitting a homer off-balance and with one-hand, but the Dodgers sure wish it was worth more. One more run would have meant a lot Friday night.