Bellinger Comes Through In Pitcher’s Duel

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Cody Bellinger went 2-4 with two RBIs, leading the Dodgers to a 2-1 victory over the Giants. Rich Hill continued his dominance on the mound with 5.2 innings of one-run ball. Giants’ starter Ty Blach took the tough-luck loss, as he allowed only two earned runs over seven strong innings.

 FINAL
 Giants 1 
 Dodgers 2 

I always enjoy a good old fashioned pitcher’s duel and that is just what went on between the Dodgers and Giants on Saturday afternoon. Rich Hill took the mound and he looked like he belonged there. He made a few mistakes with his curveball, but only one of them came back to bite him. That was the curveball that Hunter Pence hit over the wall in left field for a solo home run.

Ty Blach was almost as good as Hill on Saturday afternoon, but Cody Bellinger was in the Dodgers’ lineup. Blach’s biggest mistake was pitching to Bellinger with a runner on second base, twice. Blach kept the rest of the Dodgers’ lineup quiet, with the exception of Corey Seager, who collected three hits and scored two runs.

The Dodgers started the scoring, jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Corey Seager hit a one-out double, then Justin Turner walked. Cody Bellinger then hit a single into right-center field. Seager rounded third and scored easily, giving Rich Hill and the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Even on a single, it just sounded different when the ball hit Bellinger’s bat.

Bellinger seems to play baseball by the standard of “Go Big or Go Home.” The reason I say that is what he did in the third inning. Bellinger had already driven in a run and Rich Hill had not allowed a base runner yet. Seager was on third base and Blach threw Bellinger a fastball. The rookie wasted no time in driving the ball into right field. Seager scored and the Dodgers had a 2-0 lead on Bellinger’s RBI single.

Keys To The Game:

Limiting the Damage:

The Dodgers had Ty Blach on the ropes in the first inning with the bases loaded and one out. Yasiel Puig was the batter and he hit a bouncing ball back to the mound. Blach jumped off the mound to field the ball, then he landed, and threw home for the force out. Buster Posey then threw to first base to complete a 1-2-3 double play.

“You’re another fielder out there,” Blach said. “It’s good to be able to make plays when they hit it to you.”

Leaving The Bat In The Dugout:

Yasiel Puig atoned for his first-inning crime with some second inning heroics. His heroics did not come at the plate, but rather in right field. Rich Hill threw a fastball to Buster Posey, who hit it down the right field line. Puig had a long way to run, but he managed to slide and catch the ball about a foot in fair territory. He then slid into the wall but held onto the ball.

Up Next:

Madison Bumgarner will take the mound for the Giants and Hyun-Jin Ryu will pitch for the Dodgers. Bumgarner will most likely not be riding a dirt bike to Dodger Stadium (he missed most of the season with a shoulder injury from a dirt-bike accident). He got his first win of the year, in a five inning start against the Pirates. Ryu’s return from the DL was decent in his last start when he pitched five innings and allowed two runs against the Twins. The gae will start at 5:05 pm PT and be televised on ESPN.

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