Dodgers: Dave Roberts Speaks on Cody Bellinger Being Thrown Out at Home

It’s one of those nights that we just got beat.

After a 5-4 Dodgers loss to the Anaheim Angels on Tuesday night, fingers were quickly pointed at LA third base coach Dino Ebel for sending Cody Bellinger home on what ended up being the final out of the game. Manager Dave Roberts defended the call.

Right there in that spot — the arm strength, the accuracy, two outs — it still takes a heck of play by  Calhoun to make the play. And tonight we got beat. You look at the Trout play, on a line from center field and throws out Muncy. Pujols makes a great play to get Russell at the plate.

Our guys played to the end, and it’s one of those nights that we got beat.

Dino has been exceptional in the 3B coaches box all season long, but a game where 2 runners are gunned down at home will always lead to questions. Earlier in the game, two-time AL MVP Mike Trout unleashed a 98mph dart to home plate to cut down Max Muncy trying to score.

However, it was Kole Calhoun – a former AL Gold Glove award winner in right field – who ended up with the play of the game as he was able to cut down the game-tying run at home for the final out of the evening.

After the game, Ebel took ownership of the outs, saying “it’s all on me.”

Hardly, Dino. Those Angels have some arms.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

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  1. Love Dino’s aggressiveness. Sending our best and fastest baserunner was absolutely the right call.

    • Wrong.

      The first attempt WAS the right coaching decision, it took an absolutely amazing, perfect throw by Trout to get Muncy, and then just barely.

      But Bellinger was out by 10 feet on a less than perfect throw from Calhoun..
      Ebel should never have sent him on a ball hit that hard to an outfielder so shallow.
      Up next was Seager, BTW.

  2. Dodgers are just lazy slow. Always hitting I to double plays. Disgrace when you can’t score with two outs from second on an outfield single, when the runner can go on contact. Slow

  3. Garcia is the last guy you want to bring in in a 1 run game in the 7th after the team just got 2 runs back. Yes there’s a few things you can point to in this game that caused the loss but that was huge it was a momentum killer and they likely finish the comeback in the 7th and 8th without that homerun and there never even needs to be a comeback in the 9th

    • Dave Roberts makes a lot, a whole lot of bad on field decisions.
      IMO, he is one of the Dodgers biggest weaknesses.
      A nice guy, but so what?
      His constant tinkering with the lineup prevents a sense of cohesion & consistency.

      To keep playing Barnes at all, and Pedersen at first base, are October baseball killers.

  4. I’m amazed that Garcia is still on this team. It’s been how many years? 4? 5? It’s always been the same with him he’s just not good he gives up homerun almost every outing

    • NODH I couldn’t agree more and honestly I am sick of the site of him too!! He’s a HR just waiting to be served up.. But Dodgers also need to LEARN how to pitch to guys like Trout.

      • AZUL and NODH, you are both correct in your assessment of Yimi Garcia, who might soon get a “ticket to ride”. As far as Ebel is concerned, he has done an excellent job at third base, playing an agrressive advocate when he gets the chance. I also like the way he took the blame. If we were 1 or 2 games ahead or behind in the standings, I might feel differently. But with the lead we have, a little aggression goes a long way. Now, lets win it tonight. Go Blue!!!

    • Jensen is the one who is truly slipping, & badly. And face it, he’s not going to get it back.
      Come on, an average of 32 seconds between pitches means he has no clue, no plan.

      Jensen is a slow, not too smart, stubborn mule who should be traded while at least it’s perceived that he still has some value.


  5. Well, I am starting to get a bit upset with how the Dodgers play the Angels. It seems like they have our number. We just can’t beat them which is a bit disturbing as they are a 500 ball club. Hopefully this is simply our guys not trying with such a huge lead in our division but we no longer have the best record in baseball. And struggling against a 500 ball club does not look good. I am starting to get concerned about the team and their poor play. And of course we have our pathetic bullpen which is not going to a World Series anytime soon. Let’s just hope I am over reacting but this team has been struggling since just before the all star game.

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