The Los Angeles Dodgers advanced to their second consecutive NLCS and third in five years after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks in the best-of-five NLDS. The Dodgers received production from all across their roster throughout the series with rookie first baseman Cody Bellinger leading the team in the clinching Game 3.
Bellinger grew up in Chandler, Arizona while playing for the town’s 2007 Little League World Series team. The road game marked Bellinger’s first postseason game near his him town which Bellinger appreciated, especially after advancing to the next round, according to Bradford Doolittle of ESPN:
“It was really cool coming back here to Chase Field,” Bellinger said. “I played here in high school and went to a lot of games as a kid. To celebrate here with the Dodgers is pretty special.”
The presumptive 2017 NL Rookie of the Year had a fifth inning to remember after hitting his first postseason home run and making an impressive inning-ending catch. The play ended with Bellinger tumbling over the Dodger dugout railing and still holding on to the ball for the third out.
In addition, he was quick to the ball in other situations such as when he initiated and ended a double play in the sixth inning. The stop helped keep momentum on the Dodgers’ side after Tony Cingrani came in relief of starter Yu Darvish.
With the series victory, the Dodgers await their NLCS opponent. Either the Chicago Cubs or the Washington Nationals will make the trip to Los Angeles for Saturday’s Game 1.