With the Dodgers and Brewers tied at one run apiece in the bottom of the thirteenth inning, Cody Bellinger finally came up with the big hit he’s been looking for this postseason, hitting a walk-off single into right field and giving the Dodgers a 2-1 win in 13 innings.
Bellinger has struggled this postseason, slashing a mere .048/.200/.048 before last night’s game. But in the 13th inning, Bellinger put his struggles aside and lined a simple base hit into right field. Manny Machado raced home from second base and scored the winning run.
This hit wasn’t Bellinger’s first heroic act of the game. Bellinger robbed Lorenzo Cain of a hit on a diving play that’s so amazing I can’t explain it. According to Statcast, he had a 17% chance of making the catch.
Putting Bellinger’s heroics aside, most of the game was long and frustrating. The Dodgers got off to a 1-0 lead quickly on a Brian Dozier RBI single, but afterward, they went 0-8 with RISP until Bellinger’s walk-off hit. In total, they left eleven men on base.
It wasn’t just Dodger fans who got frustrated during the game. Rich Hill showed his frustration after giving up a game-tying double by destroying a bucket of gum. But even though Hill left the game frustrated, he pitched well. Over five innings, he allowed just one run on three hits.
You already know about Bellinger’s defense, but you may not know about Chris Taylor‘s yet. The Brewers had a runner on second with no outs in the seventh when Taylor robbed Orlando Arcia of an RBI base hit. Here’s what happened:
The Dodgers will try to take their first lead of the series in game five. Clayton Kershaw will throw for the Dodgers against Wade Miley for the Brewers. Kershaw struggled in game one of the NLCS, allowing five runs. Miley, on the other hand, threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings in game two. The game will begin at 2pm.