04/21 18:17 CDT Bellinger robs Yelich, homers off Hader, Dodgers top Brewers
Bellinger robs Yelich, homers off Hader, Dodgers top Brewers
By RICH ROVITO
MILWAUKEE (AP) --- Cody Bellinger saved a run with his glove and nailed down a
series-clinching win for the Los Angeles Dodgers with his bat.
After the game, he focused on food.
"We are going to eat some pizza here in a minute," Bellinger said when asked
what he enjoyed most about the day. "Pretty hungry, honestly."
Bellinger reached over the right field wall to rob Christian Yelich in the
eighth inning of yet another home run, then hit a solo drive off Josh Hader
with two outs in the ninth to lift the Dodgers over the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5
"I thought he hit it well and then I got to the wall as quick as I could,"
Bellinger said. "It was so high in the air. You just get at the wall and read
it and try to time it."
Yelich leads the majors with 13 home runs.
Bellinger connected for his 11th home run after pinch hitter Eric Thames
launched a three-run homer off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen (2-0) with two outs
in the eighth that made it 5-all.
Bellinger hammered a two-strike slider from Hader.
"I just tried to put the barrel on it," Bellinger said.
On Friday night, the hard-throwing Hader (0-2) gave up a three-run homer to
Enrique Hernandez in the eighth that led Los Angeles to a 5-3 win.
"It just comes down to executing your pitch," Hader said. "Bellinger is
swinging a hot bat right now and he made me pay."
Joc Pederson hit two home runs on his 27th birthday, including a drive to begin
the game, and tied a career high with four hits. He scored three times as the
Dodgers won for the seventh time in eight games.
Los Angeles took three of four games at Miller Park. Last year, the Dodgers won
Game 7 of the NL Championship Series in Milwaukee.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw allowed two hits and two runs in six effective
innings in his second start of the season. The lefty opened on the injured list
with left shoulder inflammation.
"At times he had every single pitch working, and there were times he really
couldn't find it," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "But when he needed to
make a pitch he did."
Pederson homered to straightaway center on the second pitch of the game against
Brandon Woodruff. Corey Seager followed with a double and scored on Bellinger's
Seager's RBI double in the second extended the lead to 3-0. The cushion grew to
4-0 on Bellinger's run-scoring single.
The Dodgers tacked on another run on Pederson's second homer of the game, a
leadoff shot off Woodruff in the fourth.
"We are hitting our stride," Pederson said.
After failing to get a hit off Kershaw through four innings, the Brewers broke
through in the fifth. Orlando Arcia led off with a triple and Lorenzo Cain
homered into the Milwaukee bullpen in left-center with one out to cut the lead
Dodgers: C Russell Martin (lower back inflammation) will continue to work out
with the team and isn't expected to be sent on a rehab assignment, Roberts
said. Martin is likely to be activated from the injured list when the team
returns to Los Angeles for a three-game series against Pittsburgh starting
Brewers: 2B Mike Moustakas suffered a fracture to the tip of his right ring
finger after a ground ball struck his hand during Saturday night's game.
Moustakas said the injury makes it uncomfortable for him to hold a bat. "If it
is going to be really sore, and we have to give him ten days, we will," manager
Craig Counsell said. "Right now, we are optimistic enough that we are willing
to go day to day."
ANDERSON GETS ANOTHER START
After holding the Dodgers to one hit and no runs over five innings in a spot
start on Friday, Chase Anderson (2-0) will get another start Friday in New York
against the Mets.
With a gametime temperature of 72 degrees and sunny skies, the roof at Miller
Park was open for the first time in 14 home games this season.
Adam Scherr, who wrestles in the WWE under the name Braun Strowman, threw out
the first pitch.
Dodgers: After being off on Monday, Los Angeles will send Kenta Maeda (3-1,
3.80 ERA) to the mound on Tuesday to begin a three-game series at Wrigley Field
against the Chicago Cubs. Maeda is 1-0 with a 2.53 ERA in two career starts
versus the Cubs.
Brewers: Adrian Houser will be recalled from Triple-A San Antonio and make his
first career start on Monday against the Cardinals in St. Louis.
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