Dodgers Earn First Walk-Off Win of the Year Fueled Thanks to Cody Bellinger

In years past, the Dodgers have been a team to come back late in games. They’ve also been one of the teams that walked it off in the 9th inning or in extras pretty often. They have not been that in 2021. 

In fact, the Dodgers gave a losing record when trailing after 7 innings this year. That’s much different than in recent history when they’ve been able to come back late. They didn’t have to come back on Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles, but they did get their first walk-off of the year. 

Cody Bellinger stepped to the plate with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th and came through. He crushed a pitch into deep right-center field and the Dodgers walked away with the 1-run victory. Funny enough, it came after a blown call that would’ve eventually led to him earning a walk. 

The homerun represented a big win in a lot of ways for the Dodgers. It obviously got them on a needed win streak, but the first walk-off was an immediate jolt to the team. It was also a big step for Bellinger as well, hitting his first homerun since June 2nd and just his 2nd of the year. 

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Dave Roberts certainly recognized how much it meant when he talked about it after the game. 

It’s big. It’s real. I think we as coaches and teammates can say, ‘Hey, man, you’re going to be there when you’re ready to go.’ But as a player, you just feel like you want to pull your weight. So when he gets back, you’re just kind of wanting to do so much to contribute. The work has been great. The defense has been great. So for him to get that big hit – it was big for all of us.

Sometimes a win is just a win and doesn’t mean much more than that. But the Dodgers getting their first walk-off win does carry some weight. Let’s hope this is the start of a spark that carries them the rest of the year. 

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  1. A badly needed win for the Dodgers coupled with their win in game 2 of this series against the Cubs.
    Fortunately, style points don’t count as this was an ugly win with the Dodgers scoring 2 quick runs and then finding multiple creative ways to botch rally opportunities. I’m not sure what Chris Taylor was thinking, but his baserunning did not cost the Dodgers the game. When an offense struggles, desperate or questionable baserunning, often results.
    But, the pitching was great and the BP, now that the Triple-A brigade is gone, has done some great work lately.
    The Dodgers are going to have to keep grinding out games like this, especially with upcoming series against the Giants and the red hot Nats. The Giants are on the verge of reaching 25 games above .500 and are just having one of their magical runs (at least so far) and the Dodgers cannot afford to roll over against them, again.

    • Giants are sitting on 50 wins and a 9-1 record over the last 10. Dodgers struggling along at 500 ball and 4.5 games back. A sweep by the Dodgers in the Giant’s series would be great. If the Dodgers are going to start playing good ball, this week would be a good time to start. On the other hand if the club can’t do the job at home, this has the potential to be a post World Series Championship year, like 1989.