Saturday, July 15, 2017

Cody Bellinger Cycle Dumps Marlins

     Cody Bellinger hit for the cycle as the Los Angeles Dodgers topped the Miami Marlins 7-1 on Saturday night at Marlins Park. The Dodgers have won eight consecutive games and 28 of their last 32. The Marlins have lost in four straight home games.
     Los Angeles(63-29) blasted out to a five-run margin during the top of the third. Bellinger blasted a two-run homer, his 26th home run this season, to right field on a 1-1 pitch with Chris Taylor scoring in front of him. It got worse for the Marlins when Yasmani Grandal smashed a three-run homer to right on a 1-0 count. The home run brought in Logan Forsythe and Joc Pederson on the play.
     The Dodgers extended their lead to 6-0 on the fourth inning. Justin Turner scored on a double by Bellinger into center field.
     In the seventh inning, Bellinger hit the first pitch over the head of Giancarlo Stanton in deep right field to complete the cycle with a triple. They added another run when Forsythe hit a sacrifice fly to right for Bellinger to cross the plate.
     Miami(41-48) was able to break the shutout in the bottom of the frame. J.T. Riddle knocked in Justin Bour with a base hit into right field.
     Bellinger is just the ninth player in the 128-year history of the Dodgers to get the cycle. Los Angeles starting pitcher Alex Wood became the first Dodgers player in over a century to win his first 11 decisions to begin a season.

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