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.
BELLI WALK-OFF HOMER??
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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.
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.