Cody Bellinger Flips Into The Dugout For A Ridiculous Catch As Dodgers Sweep Diamondbacks

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After struggling through the first two games of his Los Angeles Dodgers‘ NLDS matchup with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Cody Bellinger had a much-needed breakout in Game 3.

He even added some impressive defense.

Protecting a one-run lead in the bottom of the fifth, Bellinger spilled into the his team’s dugout to catch a pop-up off the bat of Jeff Mathis.

An inning later, he did this.

Bellinger was responsible for the lead his D helped preserve. He opened the scoring with an RBI groundout in the first. Then, in the top half of the fifth, the 22-year-old set a franchise record as the youngest player to homer in a playoff game—off former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke, no less.

He’d been 1-for-12 at the plate in the series before the jack.

During the regular season, Bellinger set the National League rookie record with 39 home runs despite playing just 132 games.

In the ninth, the rookie nearly provided an insurance run with his team up 3-1.

Thanks to a Kenley Jansen and his filthy cut fastball …

… the Dodgers would hold on for the 3-0 series sweep.

The one-game stay in Phoenix was a homecoming for Bellinger, a native of Chandler, Arizona.

“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.”

Starter Yu Darvish, acquired by Los Angeles at the trade deadline, baffled the Diamondbacks through five innings, allowing just two baserunners and striking out seven.

“Yu really stepped up huge for us,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “He was in command and control from the first pitch, working to both sides of the plate.

“It was just fun to watch him have his nerves calm and just compete. He was out there having fun.”

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