Big time players, make big time plays, in big time games.
What a night for Chandler, Arizona native Cody Bellinger! We all knew that he has had his fair share of struggles during the NLDS, hitting just .083 in the postseason through his second at-bat on Monday. Luckily, that didn’t stop him from having a huge impact during the Dodgers’ win against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.
Game 3 was one of the best showcases that baseball fans will witness during the 2017 postseason, and it was nothing short of being labeled as a classic in Dodgers postseason history.
Zack Greinke fought threw 5+ innings pitched, and had remained solid after limiting the Dodgers’ chances with runners in scoring position. However, Bellinger had been on a home run slump since he hit his 39th of the regular season weeks ago, and he crushed a clutch one to left-center field in the top of the 5th inning to extend the lead by two runs and collecting his second run batted in of the night!
Bellinger became the youngest player in Dodgers history to hit a home run in the postseason, passing shortstop Corey Seager at 22 years old/88 days. Nevertheless, Bellinger didn’t stop there.
He literally sucked the remaining life out of Chase Field when he covered a foul ball that was 92 feet from first base. The catch resulted in him falling over the visiting team’s dugout rail to end the bottom of the 5th inning. Arizona’s Daniel Descalso had hit a home run prior to that play, so this catch definitely helped Los Angeles regain the momentum!
He spoke with Alanna Rizzo after the win and had this to say:
I think it’s normal to try to do too much and that’s what I was trying to do, but like I said I tried to simplify everything and it’s been working out.
Moments like these just make fans appreciate the grind that these players go through. The Dodgers have been on a mission to win the World Series since the beginning of their incredible season, but it’s clearly been made possible because of the miraculous effort that Cody Bellinger has put in since the day he was called up.
This NLDS win feels great, this team is considerably better than their opponents, and Blue October is only getting started. They’ll regroup and being getting ready for the winner of the Nationals/Cubs NLDS series, but it’s time to pop the champagne bottles and celebrate a dominant sweep over their pesky NL West rivals.
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