LOS ANGELES — Charlie Culberson had three hits on Sunday, and it was the last one that will be remembered in Dodgers lore for years, his walk-off home run in the 10th inning to beat the Rockies 4-3 and clinch the Dodgers’ fourth consecutive division title.
Culberson has played in 30 games this season, including 17 starts mixed around at second base, shortstop and third base. He started at second base with left-hander Tyler Anderson on the mound, then homered against another left-hander, Boone Logan, in the 10th.
Here is Vin Scully’s call of the final play at home of his 67-year broadcast career:
"0-1 to Charlie. Swung on, a high fly ball to deep left field. The Dodger bench empties, would you believe a home run? And the Dodgers have clinched the division and will celebrate on schedule.
"Leave it to the Dodgers, Charlie Culberson a game-winning home run. What a moment to have it, and would you believe his first home run of the year?
"The Dodgers did what they hoped to do. It was a struggle, but they won it on their own merits, 4-3. The last home run that Charlie Culberson hit would be two years ago, in 2014 against Cincinnati.”
Culberson in September is 7-for-14, and he now has six career home runs, in 418 plate appearances. But he had another thing on his mind after the game, taking time out to call his pregnant wife.
"Outside of him having his baby, that [home run is] the biggest moment of his life," manager Dave Roberts said.