ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cody Bellinger would take the homer-robbing catch over the house run he hit if he needed to decide from the 2. The Los Angeles Dodgers wanted each from their MVP heart fielder.
Bellinger practically went to a knee to hit his lengthy dwelling run, and later made a spectacular, leaping catch on the center-field wall to remove a go-ahead shot from Fernando Tatis Jr. because the Dodgers barely held off the San Diego Padres 6-5 Wednesday evening.
Los Angeles took a 2-Zero lead within the NL Division Sequence when Joe Kelly lastly acquired the final out with the bases loaded in a tension-filled ninth inning.
”It’ll take some time to wind down from that one,” mentioned Bellinger, the 2019 NL MVP. ”That is postseason baseball proper there.”
Kelly retired Eric Hosmer on a routine grounder to earn the save after Dodgers All-Star nearer Kenley Jansen wobbled within the ninth. Los Angeles can sweep the best-of-five set from its NL West rival Thursday evening.
The Padres have been down one with a runner on and two outs within the seventh when Tatis, the 21-year-old budding celebrity, hit a towering drive to heart. Bellinger ran practically 100 ft whereas watching the ball, then jumped and prolonged his gloved proper hand above the 8-foot wall to make the seize.
”I simply form of circled as quick as I might, acquired to the fence and noticed that it was possible, so I made a decision to attempt to time up the bounce, and it is the way it labored out,” Bellinger mentioned. ”I did not know if it was a homer or not, however I knew I caught it.”
Brusdar Graterol, the second Dodgers reliever after starter Clayton Kershaw, slung his glove and cap away and thrust each arms into the air to have fun. Graterol additionally appeared to wave goodbye and blow a kiss at Padres star Manny Machado, who shouted curses again from afar in a heated verbal alternate that included different Dodgers as properly.
Bellinger mentioned it was solely the second homer he has robbed in his profession – the primary within the playoffs.
”Actually turned out being the distinction within the sport,” Padres rookie supervisor Jayce Tingler mentioned. ”Tatis squared it up fairly good. For him to go up and rob one there, there’s not a lot to say.”
Sport Three is Thursday evening, and the Dodgers can advance to the NL Championship Sequence for the fourth time in 5 seasons. They went to the World Sequence in 2017 and 2018 earlier than shedding in a five-game Division Sequence to the Washington Nationals final October.
Corey Seager put the NL West champions forward to stick with his two-run double within the third and scored on the primary of Max Muncy‘s two RBI singles within the sport. Main off the subsequent inning, Bellinger went after a low pitch and drove it 433 ft to heart to make it 4-1.
Kershaw adopted up his gem within the clinching sport of the primary spherical in opposition to Milwaukee with six strikeouts and no walks over six stable innings to get the win. The lefty allowed three runs, together with back-to-back solo homers by Machado and Hosmer within the sixth, in his first begin close to his Texas dwelling in a 13-season profession.
After issuing full-count walks with two outs to Tatis and Machado that loaded the bases, Kelly retired Hosmer on a groundout for his first save this postseason. Jansen had allowed two runs within the ninth, on a pinch-hit RBI double by Mitch Moreland earlier than he scored on Trent Grisham’s single.
”By no means a doubt – we had it in our arms. That is how Joe Kelly rolls. Joe likes to make it attention-grabbing for us,” Kershaw mentioned.
Zach Davies allowed 4 runs over 5 innings, the longest outing by a Padres pitcher of their 5 video games this postseason. The precise-hander struck out three with out a stroll however took the loss.
That got here after Mike Clevinger was faraway from the Padres’ lively roster, which means he’s out till no less than the World Sequence – if San Diego can recuperate to make it that far, and his elbow feels higher.
Three-time NL Cy Younger Award winner Kershaw grew up, went to highschool and nonetheless lives about 25 miles from the Texas Rangers’ new stadium. The Dodgers have performed 4 regular-season collection in Arlington since his massive league debut in 2008, however none of these matched up along with his flip within the rotation.
Kershaw might pitch there extra this October, because the NL Championship and World Sequence can even be performed within the $1.2 billion ballpark with a retractable roof that has been open for the NLDS.
In Sport 2 of the best-of-three collection in opposition to Milwaukee final Thursday, Kershaw struck out 13 over eight scoreless innings. Kershaw has a 2.43 profession ERA within the common season, however entered these playoffs after the abbreviated 60-game common season with a 4.43 ERA within the postseason.
The Padres took a 1-Zero lead within the second when Tommy Pham blooped a single simply over the infield, and scored when Wil Myers lined a double into the right-center hole.
Seager’s go-ahead double landed simply honest down the right-field line, then ricocheted off the display fronting the field-level membership the place Dodgers relations sat. The ball shot sideways away from proper fielder Myers, permitting catcher Austin Barnes to attain from first.
When the Dodgers went to bat after Bellinger’s catch, Justin Turner had a sacrifice fly and Muncy his second RBI single to make it 6-3.
NOT AS HARD
Jansen was averaging 93-94 mph earlier this season, however not often acquired above 90 mph on his 30 pitches (seven fastballs and 23 cutters) on this one. There have been 11 pitches of no less than 90 mph, solely three of them above 92 mph.
Requested about Jansen’s position within the ninth inning going ahead, supervisor Dave Roberts mentioned he’ll preserve eager about it.
”I believed there have been some good throws in there. There was a dropped third strike with Grisham and he ended up getting a base hit,” Roberts mentioned. ”I will suppose by it. It was only a lot for (Jansen), 30 pitches to get two outs. I do know that he is upset as properly. I am going to preserve considering by it.”
The Padres turned the primary group in 20 video games this postseason to lose when outhomering their opponent. … Kershaw turned the primary pitcher to permit back-to-back dwelling runs 3 times in a postseason profession, in line with Elias Sports activities.
The Padres plan to begin lefty Adrian Morejon in Sport 3. Roberts mentioned he would not announce a starter till Thursday.
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