The phenominal rookie campaign of Cody Bellinger continued on Saturday night with the Los Angeles Dodgers' first baseman hitting for the cycle against the Miami Marlins. The cycle - the first by a rookie in club history - powered the Dodgers (63-29) to their 28th win in 32 games and enabled the team with the best record in the majors to improve to 54-18 since his promotion on April 25. Bellinger picked up a double the following inning, and then completed the cycle with a triple in the seventh.
Left-hander Chris O'Grady (1-1), who was signed by the Marlins as a minor-league free agent on May 4 and promoted to the majors on July 8, took the loss. He's joined the ranks of Jackie Robinson, Gil Hodges, Wes Parker and Orlando Hudson. In the third, he did this.
Webb's first offering was a slider, right down the middle and Williams got all of it, putting the Phillies ahead. If you bet $100 on the Cubs in every game this season, you'd be down $1,563, according to sports analytics site BetLabSports.com on SportsInsights. Hill was sensational in his only career appearance at Marlins Park last September, striking out nine over seven no-hit innings in a win. At this writing, Bellinger is batting.272/.350/.642. Kershaw looked even more formidable when he won Game 2 of the NLCS by beating the Chicago Cubs 1-0.
Kershaw's greatness during the regular season has no comparison other than Sandy Koufax when it comes to great pitchers who have donned the Dodgers uniform in LA. The Marlins at least made the series finale interesting at the end. O'Grady gave up a total of five earned runs over his final 30 innings with the Zephyrs. "But we've just got to move on and get to the next series".
One of those outfielders is Stanton, who had another adventurous, aggressive and violent day on defense.
The Cubs entered the All-Star break at 43-45, 5.5 games behind the first-place Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central. "If you can keep the game closer, that's the most important thing".
"It's really not a surprise", Roberts said.
The Dodgers have the franchise's best record through 93 games since 1955.
"Everybody's asking, 'Is the ball juiced?" Volquez has been on the disabled list for a week with what the Marlins have called left knee tendinitis, but they were expecting him to feel better by now. "Is it the era for home runs?'" Kershaw said. LHP Adam Conley will be recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to start Tuesday, Mattingly said.