Cody Bellinger came through in the clutch for the Dodgers in the latter part of the NLCS. A game-winning hit in the 13th inning at Dodger Stadium Tuesday and a go-ahead homer in Game 7 helped put the Dodgers back in the World Series for the second straight year.
After the Dodgers took care of the Brewers with a 5-1 win at Miller Park Saturday, Bellinger was named NLCS MVP.
The 23-year-old struggled to break through in the first seven games of the postseason, going 1-for-21 before Game 4. After making a huge catch in the 10th inning, Bellinger came to the plate in the 13th with Manny Machado on second. A base hit through the right side of the infield sent the teams home tied.
“It feels unbelievable,” Bellinger told media after the game. “All postseason I felt fairly good. I wasn’t seeing any results. And luckily for me I’ve, got a lot of veterans on this team. They said stick with the process and the results will come. And that’s exactly what I did and it showed.”
It was dramatic for the Dodgers who would have been down 3-1 in the series had they not won that game.
In Game 7, Bellinger crushed a two-run homer to take the momentum back from a wild Miller Park. The Dodgers rode that momentum all the way back to the Fall classic.
Los Angeles will arrive in Boston this next week to start the World Series against the Red Sox on Tuesday night.