Cody Bellinger’s three-run homer brings Dodgers back from brink in 6-5 NLCS Game 3 win vs. Atlanta

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LOS ANGELES — In what may be the most impossible, impossible, unbelievable home run hit at Dodger Stadium since Kirk Gibson’s famous shot from the World Series, Cody Bellinger saved the Los Angeles Dodgers season.

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The Dodgers, five outs away from going 0 down 3 games in the National League Championship Series, pulled off a miraculous 6-5 victory on Tuesday afternoon after Bellinger’s dramatic eighth-inning homer tied the game, with Mookie Bates. Were driving in a game-winner. .

Just like that, the Dodgers are not only alive but thriving with Atlanta wondering if they can ever win a game at Dodger Stadium.


“We’ve been in a similar situation before,” Bellinger said. “One hit can really change things. And bring the energy back to that dugout.”

Atlanta, which hasn’t won a game at Dodger Stadium since June 6, 2018, was cruising to a 5-2 lead when Bellinger stepped up to the plate with Luke Jackson on the mound.

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The Dodgers, who had not been in the runner position since the second innings, opened the eighth inning with a single by Will Smith. Justin Turner reaches second base for the first out and AJ Pollock chases it down single to center.

This brought on Bellinger, who hit a career-low .165 during the regular season. He was down 1 and 2 on the count when Jackson tried to fire behind Bellinger at a speedy 96-mph. It was the same pitch that allowed Bellinger to stay fit throughout the season.

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This time, he swung, connected, and soared 399 feet into the air, landing in the right-field pavilion just like Gibson’s homer at the 1988 World Series.

Bellinger jumped, turned around, did a pirouette, and danced around the base as a crowd of 51,307 shook the stadium.

Jackson never recovered, giving up a single to Chris Taylor, and a batsman later, Bates scored an RBI double, giving the Dodgers an impressive 6–5 lead.

The Dodgers are alive.

Atlanta is shaken.

Atlanta still leads the best-of-seven Series 1 in 2 games, but it certainly didn’t feel like it after the dramatic turn of events.

Atalanta, of course, is used to adversity and perseverance. This is a team that was eight games out of first place in June. They didn’t climb above .500 until early August. He lost his best player, Ronald Acuna, in June. His best starter, Mike Siroca, never pitched. His big bat, Marcel Ozuna, was dismissed with a broken arm, and then charged with a domestic violence. Catcher Travis D’Arnaud missed two months.

They won just 88 games to capture the NL East, the fewest by any playoff team. They COVID-19. lost his leadoff hitter, George Soler at the beginning of the postseason.

Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman said, “For a second, what else can you be up to with the Atlanta Braves this year.” “It looked like everything that could have gone wrong had gone wrong, but we kept coming back.”

Now, they will have to come back from the most devastating loss of their season, taking a 5-2 lead, with the Dodgers on the verge of elimination.

The Dodgers, who led 2-0 in the first innings, looked like they were melting in the fourth. It began with Freeman’s second hit of the game, winning seven consecutive games to begin the series. Ozzy Albiz was dismissed for the first time when Austin Riley hit a long fly ball to center field. Gavin Lux, a converted fielder, went back to the wall, put his glove up, and carromed it off, scoring a generous double.

Atlanta took full advantage of this mistake. The former Dodgers was a run-scoring single to right fielder by Jock Pedersen. Another run-scorer single by Adam Duvall in left field. Walk by d’Arnaud to load the bases.

It was then shortstop Corey Seeger’s turn to boot the ball, the ball bouncing off his glove as he tried to backhand Dansby Swanson’s single for another run. Atlanta manager Brian Snitker stuck with starter Charlie Morton, who dismissed for the second out. And Dodgers starter Walker Buehler provided another gift by running to Eddie Rosario, forcing him in the fourth and final run of the innings.

Now, what anyone will ever remember is Atlanta’s meltdown if they don’t make it to the World Series.

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