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‘Cody Bellinger strikes again!’: Reaction to the Dodgers’ Game 3 comeback

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And that means anything can happen

Championship Series - Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Three
Cody Bellinger of the LOS ANGELES DODGERS hits a 3-run game-tying home run in the 8th inning vs the ATLANTA BRAVES, Oct. 19, 2021.
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“Cody Bellinger strikes again!”

That was the call on TBS last night that postseason Dodgers fans were salivating for and tag-along fans were stunned by. What. A. Night. (early evening?)

Eric Stephen already summed up last night very nicely here but if you missed that, head there first. Then let’s dive into the rest of it.

On Bellinger’s game-tying home run in the 8th…

Orel Hershiser, in the post-game analysis says that Belli bomb came off a pitch that “normally gets him out”:

On the height of that pitch:

On the game overall…

Dodgers rally past Braves in Game 3 with late inning heroics at the Washington Post

Photos of the game from the LA Times

From the NY Times: Cody Bellinger’s Blast Breathes New Life Into Dodgers

From Tim Tucker at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: NLCS Game 3 at a glance

And let’s not forget the bullpen, who held together for several scoreless innings after a rocky start from Walker Buehler, including this 9th-inning gem by Kenley Jansen:

And the rest…

Devin Fink at FanGraphs thinks a big playbook and luck have accounted for Freddie Freeman’s strikeouts during the NLCS. They break down how the Dodgers are pitching to Freeman and what that might mean for the series.

Rob Parker at Deadspin has a piece on why Atlanta shouldn’t celebrate just yet, despite a good start to the series. On paper, perhaps, the Dodgers are the better team, and “the idea that the Dodgers would lose to the Braves without Ronald Acuña Jr. just didn’t seem possible. But good pitching and clutch hits work in the postseason.” But the Dodgers and the Braves have been here before, and seven games may be needed once again. This piece hits even better today.