Man, it’s been a trying year for Cody Bellinger who seems to be working through the worst struggles of his career.
The epic battle with Phillies right-hander Kyle Gibson was the longest at-bat of Cody Bellinger's career and resulted in the first of his two home runs during the 8-2 Dodgers win.https://t.co/y4p6Un8KXn pic.twitter.com/8qZPnKpNPY
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On Wednesday night, I watched the game with my father. He hasn’t been over much lately, and he’s inevitably slowing down as the circle of life does it’s thing.
However when Bellinger stepped to the plate against Kyle Gibson – a guy who can really pitch – he probably had his at-bat of the year and maybe his career with my dad sitting there watching. He sent the 13th pitch he saw off Gibson out the other way for his 8th home run of 2021. For Bellinger, it’s a good sign to see him go the other way with power. It’s something he hasn’t done all season long, he’s a dead-pull hitter that seems to want to yank a mistake and that’s his only trick.
Of course, yank one later on he did. It seemed like he got a dozen plate appearances in this game. He pulled one out for his 9th home run of the year to total four RBI on the night.
Although David Price started the game, Brusdar Graterol got the victory. The Dodgers have won 69 games on the year, but still trail the surging Giants by 4.5 games with about a month and a half left in the regular season.
Following the game, Bellinger spoke with the media.
This is a cool Dodgers team. With everyone from Bellinger to Max Scherzer, to Walker Buehler, to Trea Turner to Albert Pujols, to Max Muncy, and all the other stars you know like Taylor and Turner; it’s one of the most star-dotted rosters ever assembled.
It will be interesting to see what story they write as the curtain falls on 2021.