DLD Recap: Bellinger’s Walk-Off Dinger Propels Dodgers To 4-3 Victory Over Rockies

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POST-GAME BRIEFING

A back-and-forth battle between the Rockies and the Dodgers ended with the first at-bat of the bottom of the 9th, when Cody Bellinger blasted a ball just over the right field wall to give the Dodgers a 4-3 win.

Prior to the walk-off, Dustin May made another solid start, throwing five innings of two-hit, one-run baseball (a 3rd inning solo shot to Hilliard the only blemish on his performance). May’s issue continues to be pitch counts that keep him from going deep into games. He threw just 44 pitches through the first three innings, but another 42 in the next two.

Relievers Brusdar Graterol, Scott Alexander, Blake Treinen, Caleb Ferguson, and closer Kenley Jansen combined for four innings of two-run ball. Those two runs yielded are unusual for the rock solid reliever core, which had a collective 1.81 ERA heading into tonight’s game.

SCORING PLAYS

BOT 1ST: Seager RBI Single (1-0 LAD)

BOT 2nd: Taylor solo home run (2-0 LAD)

TOP 3rd: Hilliard solo home run (2-1 LAD)

TOP 6th: Arenado sac fly (2-2)

TOP 7th: Treinen wild pitch (3-2 COL)

BOT 7th: Taylor run-scoring double play (3-3)

BOT 9th: Bellinger solo home run (4-3 LAD)

PLAY OF THE GAME

Without a doubt, the play of the game goes to Cody Bellinger’s…confusing walk-off homer in the bottom of the 9th to give the Dodgers the win. Bellinger launched the second pitch from reliever Daniel Bard over the right field wall (though he wasn’t quite sure initially whether it had gone over the wall or into Hilliard’s glove).

PLAYER OF THE GAME

It’s hard to argue that anyone but Cody Bellinger could win this one today. His first three at-bats yielded a line out, a strikeout, and a walk, but he made the fourth one count, handing the Dodgers their first “socially distant” walk-off of 2020.

UP NEXT

The Dodgers will finish the three-game series (and potentially the series sweep) versus the Rockies tomorrow afternoon at 1:10p.m. PT. Ross Stripling (3-1, 5.61 ERA, 22 Ks) will be on the mound for the Dodgers, looking for a good outing to counteract the disappointment of his last few subpar starts. The Rockies will counter with 25-year-old Antonio Senzatela, who’s coming in to the game 3-0, with a 2.90 ERA and a 24/5 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

 

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