Awaiting him on the mound was none other than Atlanta Braves reliever Will Smith. It was the first time in MLB playoff history that a pitcher-batter matchup featured two players with the same name, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
The Dodgers' Will Smith won, launching a three-run homer to put L.A. ahead in the elimination contest. Will Smith's homer off Will Smith marked the first time in the expansion era (since 1961) that a batter homered off a pitcher with the same name, according to Sarah Langs of MLB.com.
Naturally, social media went crazy at the sight of this rare phenomenon.