Things went the Dodgers’ way on Tuesday afternoon against the Reds. Coming off of a tough series loss against the Guardians, they rolled into Cincinnati and the bats exploded against a very bad NL Central team. It was exactly what they needed with the way things have gone lately.
But one at-bat didn’t go the Dodgers’ way at all. It came in the top of the 2nd with Cody Bellinger at the plate. The centerfielder didn’t appear ready on a 2-2 count against Tyler Mahle, and things went bad from there.
Cody appeared to ask for a timeout right as Mahle was about to go into his windup. It was not granted by the home plate umpire even though Cody took his hand off of his bat and almost started to step out. The Dodgers outfielder struck out looking and a heated argument ensued.
Luckily, Cody was not tossed from the game. The Dodgers’ offense also went on to put up 8 runs and dominate behind Tony Gonsolin’s strong start. But it’s a lesson learned for Bellinger. Time is at the umpire’s discretion, and letting go of the bat without confirmation is never a good thing.
Up next for the Dodgers, they will send Tyler Anderson to the mound to face off against Luis Castillo this afternoon. It should be a good pitcher’s duel with both guys expected to put up some innings.
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