Monday night’s game was a back-and-forth battle that Cody Bellinger won with a three-run home run in the eighth inning, erasing a one-run deficit. It marked consecutive games with a home run for Bellinger, the first time he did that since June 19-20.
Bellinger now has 28 home runs on the season, just seven shy of Mike PIazza’s franchise rookie record. He’s also 12-for-37 (.324) since the All-Star break with three home runs and five walks in 12 games.
On Monday night, Bellinger passed Adrian Gonzalez in defensive innings at first base in 2017, 379⅔ to 373. Bellinger also leads the club in defensive innings in left field (284⅓), almost 30 more than Chris Taylor (254⅔). It means that now, on the Dodgers’ Baseball-Reference page, Bellinger is listed as the regular first baseman with Taylor the left fielder.
Taylor has been hotter than anybody since the All-Star break, and continued it with three more hits on Monday, including scoring on Bellinger’s game-deciding home run. Taylor has six multi-hit games in his last seven, and since the break is 21-for-40 (.525) with eight extra-base hits in 10 games.
Kenta Maeda starts for the Dodgers on Tuesday. He has entered into the incentives portion of his contract for this season, earning a $1 million bonus for making his 15th start last week. His next bonus is $250,000 for reaching 90 innings on the season. He’s currently at 83, so to earn that tonight Maeda would need to last at least seven innings for a fourth time in 2017.
Time: 7:10 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA