Cody Bellinger went 4-5 with a single, double, triple, and home run, collecting 3 RBI and leading the Dodgers to a 7-1 victory over Miami. Alex Wood continued the best season of his career, throwing six shutout innings and improving to 11-0 on the year. The Dodgers now have an eight game winning streak.
Cody Bellinger’s night started out seeming like any other night, but it proved to be much more. He hit a single in the first inning, then he hit a two-run home run in the third inning. At this point, I was thinking about another multi-homer game for Bellinger, but he had other plans. He then hit a double in the fourth inning. At this point, I jokingly said, “Now all he needs is a triple.” Bellinger must have heard me because when he came up to bat in the seventh inning that is just what he did. As he slid into third base, Charlie Steiner said, “Cody Bellinger, what has he not done? He hits for the cycle!”
“I guess I just took advantage of hittable pitches,” Bellinger said. “I’ve been missing them lately, so I’m glad I was able to put good swings on them today. It’s such a hard game. Tomorrow, I could go out there and strike out four times.”
The headlines are featuring Bellinger, but Wood also had a great performance. He threw six innings and allowed only three hits. Due to the fact that he only struck out four batters, his pitch count was at eighty after six innings. If I was Dave Roberts, I would have left Bellinger in the game. However, I am just a fan and Doc felt that it would be better if Pedro Báez pitched the seventh inning.
“I didn’t think my stuff was the best, but we fought through those first two innings and kind of stayed out of trouble,” Wood said. “It’s easy when you score seven runs, as long as you don’t have an awful one, you’ve got a good chance to win. We’ve been a lot of fun to watch, and hopefully we’ll keep going.”
Bellinger started the scoring in the third inning with a two-run home run. The Dodgers then put two runners on base for Yasmani Grandal, who hit a slider down the right field line for a three-run home run. The Dodgers finished the third inning with a 5 run lead against José Ureña and the Marlins.
Drew Steckenrider entered the game for the Marlins in the fourth inning and he struck out the first two batters he faced, then walked Justin Turner. Bellinger then came to the plate and hit the ball off the wall in right-center field. Turner scored from first on Bellinger’s RBI double.
In the seventh, Bellinger led off with a triple, completing the cycle. That brought Logan Forsythe to the plate. Nick Wittgren threw Forsythe a slider. Forsythe lined it into right field where Stanton made the catch. Bellinger tagged up and scored and the Dodgers extended their lead to 7-0.
Keys To The Game:
Stanton Playing In:
Even after Bellinger hit a home run to right field and a double to right field, Giancarlo Stanton was the shallowest of the Marlins’ outfielders. This allowed Bellinger to line the ball over Stanton’s glove. If Stanton had been playing deep, we would be saying that Bellinger fell a triple shy of the cycle.
Inside Pitch and Overreaction:
In the second inning, Yasiel Puig came to the plate and the first pitch from Ureña nearly hit his hip. Puig immediately took a couple steps toward the mound. He and Puig began to stare at each other and the benches reluctantly cleared. After the inning ended, warnings were issued and there were no more hit batters. I think that the pitch was meant to be inside, but not that far inside. After Puig’s two-homer game on Friday, the Marlins were hesitant to throw a fastball anywhere but inside. I think that Puig overreacted to the pitch.
Rich Hill will take the mound for the Dodgers and Chris O’Grady for the Marlins. Hill has gone seven innings in each of his last three starts and has allowed only four runs over a combined 21 innings. O’Grady won his Major League debut in his last start when he debuted against the Giants. The game will start at 10:10 pm PT and will be televised on SportsNet LA.