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Recap: Dodgers Defeat Mets Behind Cody Bellinger’s Big Apple Grand Slam



The Los Angeles Dodgers answered the bell on Friday night in New York, literally. Coming off a shutout in the series finale at Wrigley Field and facing a Mets starter in Zack Wheeler who was on top of his game, the Dodgers found a way to triumph. Behind the solid starting pitching of Alex Wood and a huge swing from Cody Bellinger, the Dodgers won the game 5-2.

Early Pitcher’s Duel

Through five innings, this game took the shape of a pitcher’s duel. Wood and Wheeler matched one another stride for stride. Wheeler was featuring a fastball in the upper 90’s and Wood mixed in nice breaking stuff. The Dodgers nearly drew first blood when Joc Pederson hit a long fly ball to center with Kikè Hernandez on third base.

Michael Conforto kept the game scoreless. This is one of the finest catches you’ll see all season.

Soon, the bats would wake up on both sides. Yet, through five frames the game was 0-0 and appeared that one side would win 1-0.

Cody Bellinger’s Biggest Swing

Zack Wheeler had Cody Bellinger in an 0-2 count with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth inning. It appeared like another Bellinger at-bat would end in a strikeout. Then, something different happened. Wheeler tried to sneak a fastball past the slugger, and Bellinger was waiting on it. The ball landed in the seats, and the Dodgers wouldn’t trail again the rest of the evening.

It was Bellinger’s 13th home run of the season and gave the Dodgers a 4-0 lead. One can speculate that this serves as a turning point for Bellinger’s sophomore season. Whether it does or not will be answered in the distant future. However, this was without a doubt the marquee moment of Bellinger’s 2018 season.

Yasiel Puig and Kenley Jansen Slam The Door Shut

The Dodgers weren’t done scoring. Jose Bautista cut the deficit to 4-2 with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning off Wood. Nevertheless, Yasiel Puig got a ball in his hot zone in the top of the ninth inning. As Matt Vasgersian said on the MLB Network national broadcast, it was a 5:30 PM batting practice swing.

The Dodgers held a 5-2 lead, and Kenley Jansen entered in the ninth inning to strike out two Mets hitters and record his 19th save.

Wood improves to 3-5 on the season and the Dodgers are now 39-35. Los Angeles remains 2.5 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks with Clayton Kershaw returning tomorrow against Jacob deGrom.

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