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Bellinger robs Padres as Dodgers hold on for 2-0 NLDS lead

Bellinger robs Padres as Dodgers hang on for 2-0 NLDS lead

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Cody Bellinger would take the homer-robbing catch over the crowning achievement he struck if he needed to choose from the 2. The Los Angeles Dodgers required both from their MVP center fielder.

Bellinger almost went to a knee to strike his long crowning achievement, and later on made a magnificent, jumping catch at the center-field wall to eliminate a consent shot from Fernando Tatis Jr. as the Dodgers hardly held back the San Diego Padres 6-5 Wednesday night.

Los Angeles took a 2-0 lead in the NL Department Series when Joe Kelly lastly got the last out with the bases packed in a tension-filled ninth inning.

“It’s going to take a while to wind down from that one,” stated Bellinger, the 2019 NL MVP. “That’s postseason baseball right there.”

Kelly retired Eric Hosmer on a regular grounder to make the conserve after Dodgers All-Star better Kenley Jansen wobbled in the ninth. Los Angeles can sweep the best-of-five set from its NL West competing Thursday night.

The Padres were down one with a runner on and 2 outs in the seventh when Tatis, the 21-year-old budding super star, struck a towering drive to center. Bellinger ran almost 100 feet while enjoying the ball, then leapt and extended his gloved right-hand man above the 8-foot wall to make the grab.

“I just kind of turned around as fast as I could, got to the fence and saw that it was probable, so I decided to try to time up the jump, and it’s how it worked out,” Bellinger stated. “I didn’t know if it was a homer or not, but I knew I caught it.”

Brusdar Graterol, the 2nd Dodgers reducer after starter Clayton Kershaw, slung his glove and cap away and thrust both arms into the air to commemorate. Graterol likewise appeared to wave bye-bye and blow a kiss at Padres star Manny Machado, who yelled curses back from afar in a heated spoken exchange that consisted of other Dodgers too.

Bellinger stated it was just the 2nd homer he has actually robbed in his profession – the very first in the playoffs.

“Certainly turned out being the difference in the game,” Padres novice supervisor Jayce Tingler stated. “Tatis squared it up pretty good. For him to go up and rob one there, there’s not much to say.”

Video Game 3 is Thursday night, and the Dodgers can advance to the NL Champion Series for the 4th time in 5 seasons. They went to the World Series in 2017 and 2018 prior to losing in a five-game Department Series to the Washington Nationals last October.

Corey Seager put the NL West champs ahead to stick with his two-run double in the 3rd and scored on the very first of Max Muncy’s 2 RBI songs in the video game. Leading off the next inning, Bellinger pursued a low pitch and drove it 433 feet to center to make it 4-1.

Kershaw followed up his gem in the clinching video game of the preliminary versus Milwaukee with 6 strikeouts and no strolls over 6 strong innings to get the win. The lefty permitted 3 runs, consisting of back-to-back solo homers by Machado and Hosmer in the 6th, in his very first start near his Texas house in a 13-season profession.

After releasing full-count strolls with 2 outs to Tatis and Machado that packed the bases, Kelly retired Hosmer on a groundout for his very first conserve this postseason. Jansen had actually permitted 2 runs in the ninth, on a pinch-hit RBI double by Mitch Moreland prior to he scored on Trent Grisham’s single.

“Never a doubt – we had it in our hands. That’s how Joe Kelly rolls. Joe likes to make it interesting for us,” Kershaw stated.

Zach Davies permitted 4 runs over 5 innings, the longest getaway by a Padres pitcher in their 5 video games this postseason. The right-hander started out 3 without a walk however took the loss.

That followed Mike Clevinger was eliminated from the Padres’ active lineup, indicating he is out till a minimum of the World Series – if San Diego can recuperate to make it that far, and his elbow feels much better.

Three-time NL Cy Young Award winner Kershaw matured, went to high school and still lives about 25 miles from the Texas Rangers’ brand-new arena. The Dodgers have actually played 4 regular-season series in Arlington given that his major league launching in 2008, however none of those compared with his turn in the rotation.

Kershaw might pitch there more this October, given that the NL Champion and World Series will likewise be played in the $1.2 billion ballpark with a retractable roofing that has actually been open for the NLDS.

In Video game 2 of the best-of-three series versus Milwaukee last Thursday, Kershaw started out 13 over 8 scoreless innings. Kershaw has a 2.43 profession AGE in the routine season, however went into these playoffs after the shortened 60-game routine season with a 4.43 AGE in the postseason.

The Padres took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd when Tommy Pham blooped a single simply over the infield, and scored when Wil Myers lined a double into the right-center space.

Seager’s consent double landed simply reasonable down the right-field line, then ricocheted off the screen fronting the field-level club where Dodgers member of the family sat. The ball shot sideways far from best fielder Myers, enabling catcher Austin Barnes to score from initially.

When the Dodgers went to bat after Bellinger’s catch, Justin Turner had a sacrifice fly and Muncy his 2nd RBI single to make it 6-3.


Jansen was balancing 93-94 miles per hour previously this season, however seldom got above 90 miles per hour on his 30 pitches (7 fastballs and 23 cutters) in this one. There were 11 pitches of a minimum of 90 miles per hour, just 3 of them above 92 miles per hour.

Inquired about Jansen’s function in the ninth inning moving forward, supervisor Dave Roberts stated he’s going to keep thinking of it.

“I thought there were some good throws in there. There was a dropped third strike with Grisham and he ended up getting a base hit,” Roberts stated. “I’m going to think through it. It was just a lot for (Jansen), 30 pitches to get two outs. I know that he’s disappointed as well. I’ll keep thinking through it.”


The Padres ended up being the first string in 20 video games this postseason to lose when outhomering their challenger. … Kershaw ended up being the very first pitcher to enable back-to-back crowning achievement 3 times in a postseason profession, according to Elias Sports.


The Padres prepare to begin lefty Adrian Morejon in Video Game 3. Roberts stated he wouldn’t reveal a starter till Thursday.


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