It’s not often that you get to witness a walk-off-walk in the game of baseball. However, if you stuck around watching the action at Chavez Ravine until late on Tuesday evening, you were rewarded with just that. Furthermore, the Dodgers achieved a little history in the process.
Now, Michael Duarte of NBC Los Angeles is talking to Cody Bellinger about the Dodgers’ wild ninth inning last night. Moreover – before the Dodgers got the walk-off-walk – they had four that preceded it.
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Duarte asks Bellinger how much the five-consecutive walks were a product of the hitters’ discipline in that situation? Indeed, Bellinger gave proper credit to his teammates for setting the table with tough at-bats.
“I would say at the very end [Holland] started to lose it, but CT3 and Russ laid off some really good pitches. It was a little bit of both, but we did a great job of laying off some pitches.”
It’s interesting to learn a hitter’s mindset in that situation. And so, what was Bellinger thinking with the bases loaded and a chance to win Los Angeles the ballgame; following four straight walks?
“The only thing on my mind was putting the ball in play. I had the opportunity to get hit the pitch before, I don’t know why I didn’t lean into it. But I was just trying to get on base any way I could.”
While Bellinger was credited with the game-winning RBI, the Dodgers did all their damage in the ninth without a hit. There wasn’t even a ball in play. Earlier in the game, Arizona employed an interesting defensive strategy on Bellinger. With four outfielders in position, Bellinger slapped a double to the opposite field gap.
“I didn’t even know that they had four outfielders until after the game when one of my boys texted me. So the whole [left] side of the infield was open, and I wasn’t trying to hit it over there. I was just trying to see it and hit it.”
The Dodgers are winning with a lot of magic and mystique right now, especially at Dodger Stadium. It’s important to remember that even down to your last out, in the game of baseball it’s always possible to see something you have never seen before.
Especially in the case of the 2019 Dodgers.