LOS ANGELES —- — Cody Bellinger had not homered since May 28th when he homered against Jon Lester in the first game of the Dodgers and Cubs four-game series at Dodger Stadium. That would be the first of three home runs he would hit against Cubs left-handed pitchers in the series.
Bellinger now has ten home runs against left-handed pitching this season. That is the most by any left-handed batter against a southpaw pitcher.
On Sunday, his home run off José Quintana tied the game.
Bellinger would finish the series going 5-for-12 with four walks and three home runs. His batting line for the past four games was .417/.562/1.167 and that gave him a 1.729 OPS which was enough to award him the series award.
Hyun-Jin Ryu might have earned a back-to-back series player awards as he gave up two unearned runs in his seven-inning start against the Cubs. Ryu struck out eight and had no walks.
He lowered his ERA to 1.26 and let’s take a moment to take that in.
Also by pitching seven innings with no walks, that made it ten straight starts of six or more innings pitched and only one or zero walks in that start.