Dodgers: Justin Turner’s boneheaded mistake screws LAD on Cody Bellinger’s HR
Have you ever seen a two-run home run that … resulted in one run? Oops, we’re sorry. Have you ever seen a two-run homer that was ruled an RBI single and an out? You probably haven’t!
But now every Los Angeles Dodgers fan has.
In the top of the third inning on Opening Day in Colorado, Cody Bellinger put a charge into a pitch from Rockies right-hander German Marquez. It cleared the left field wall. Justin Turner was on first base. 2-0, right?
Eh, not quite. We regret to inform you that Turner is a legitimate spazz.
Turner thought Rockies left fielder Raimel Tapia robbed Bellinger at the wall and he sprinted back to first base like a mad man. Though the ball hit Tapia’s glove, his body language made it evident that he didn’t catch it, so the timing here was simply unfortunate. Bellinger, who was on his way jogging to second base, passed Turner in the process. And then came the umpires.
Bellinger was ruled out for passing the baserunner in front of him, but Turner was waved home. Thus, you have an RBI single on a 395-foot blast. Baseball!
The Dodgers had a nice turnaround and tied the game at 4-4 after going down after this, but then the wheels came off. LA ended up losing 8-5. They made two errors, had another base running blunder, and went 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position.
As for Turner, well, we know it was a tough offseason for him. He dealt with all the criticism surrounding his COVID-19 diagnosis during the World Series and then was locked in a contract negotiation stalemate with the Dodgers this offseason. Let’s get that focus back to the baseball basics, though, buddy.
The defending world champs can’t be making gaffes like this during the first game of the new season.