LOS ANGELES—Somebody call the fire department because Cody Bellinger is on fire. The 21 year-old rookie had his second straight game with at least one home run and four RBI as he helped the Dodgers win another game against the San Diego Padres.
This is the second straight game that Bellinger has scored the first and last runs for his team. The first baseman now has 14 RBI in only 11 total games played. Four of them came from a ninth inning grand slam off a pitch that was so high it caught the attention of the opposing manager.
“The pitch that Bellinger hit out, up above his head practically, you tip your cap on that swing,” said Padre manager Andy Green.
Green wasn’t the only one giving props to the young gun either. Bellinger’s great play is catching the attention of his all-star teammate as well.
“I haven’t seen too many people put a barrel on that, let alone hit a home run,” Kershaw said. “It was pretty impressive what he is doing. He’s just an all-around good baseball player. It’s pretty special.”
Speaking of good baseball players, Kershaw isn’t half bad himself. The ace was his usual self, serving up nasty pitches on his way to nine strikeouts in seven and one-third innings and his fifth win of the year. He didn’t allow a run until the eight inning, when Kenley Jansen was called upon to rescue him from a bases loaded jam. The Padres were able to muster one run in that inning thanks to a pinch hit homer by Ryan Schimpf, but it wasn’t nearly enough to give Los Angeles a run for their money.
While Kershaw dominated, opposing pitcher Clayton Richard had a difficult night. He allowed a career high six walks while giving up five runs and seven hits in five innings. Needless to say, he was displeased with his performance.
“That’s one of the most disappointing outings I’ve had,” said Richard. “I did not attack the strike zone, which successful pitchers do…You saw on the other side what it looks like when someone attacks the strike zone. I didn’t do that.”
The Dodgers have now won the last five out of six meetings against San Diego. Not only are they winning though, they’re winning big. So far this year the Dodgers have outscored the Padres 41-14, a statistic that San Diego can not be proud of. The Padres might have a tough time reversing this trend in the series finale Sundaym as they send a struggling pitcher, Trevor Cahill (3-3, 5.82 ERA) on the mound against an undefeated pitcher, Andrew McCarthy (3-0, 3.10 ERA), who has been playing lights out as of late.