Cody Bellinger's 5 most unforgettable moments with the Dodgers
By Jason Reed
3. Cody Bellinger's 2018 NLCS heroics
Bellinger’s overall offensive numbers from the 2018 NLCS against the Milwaukee Brewers were not great. He barely hit .200 and only belted one home run in the entire seven-game series. However, he was still named the NLCS MVP for his heroics in multiple games.
In classic Bellinger fashion, he picked the biggest spots of the entire series to come up with the most clutch possible plays. While the Dodgers didn't get the job done in the World Series thanks to a painful Dave Roberts mistake, the team wouldn't have even gotten that far if it wasn't for Bellinger.
Down 2-1 at Dodger Stadium, Bellinger swung the entire series with his play in extra innings. Lorenzo Cain led off the top of the 10th with a flare into the right-center gap that likely would have resulted in a double with his speed. Instead of falling for the hit, Cain’s ball was tracked down by Bellinger, who made an incredible slip-and-slide diving catch to give Kenley Jansen the first out of the inning.
Bellinger came up to the plate three innings later in the bottom of the 13th with two outs and Manny Machado on second base. He stuck with a 3-2 breaking ball and drove it past a diving Jesus Aguliar at first base. Machado came home and just beat out a throw from Christian Yelich, evening up the series at two games apiece.
Without Bellinger’s Game 4 heroics, the team would've been down 3-1 and likely wouldn't have made it to a Game 7. Instead, they did, where Bellinger blasted a two-run home run in the top of the second to give LA a 2-1 lead, a game they would win 5-1.