Cody Bellinger makes ‘special’ play to keep Hyun-Jin Ryu’s no-hit bid alive

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire The move is being made “just to give him (Hill) a little extra time and we like the matchup with Kenta,” Roberts said.The Padres’ lineup does rely heavily on right-handed hitters like Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr., Hunter Renfroe and Wil Myers. But Maeda’s career numbers against the Padres – a 5-3 record, 4.55 ERA and 1.12 WHIP – are unremarkable. Hill, on the other hand, is 5-1 with a 2.02 ERA in eight starts against the Padres over the past three seasons.UP NEXTThe Dodgers are off Monday.Padres (RHP Chris Paddack, 3-1, 1.55 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 2-0, 3.31 ERA), Tuesday, 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), AM 570 LOS ANGELES – It might have been the first no-hitter saved by a 9-3.“That was a really cool play,” Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager said. “You want them to earn it. They did, unfortunately. But that was a really cool play to keep it alive.”Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu had retired 16 of the first 17 Washington Nationals batters he faced – a string interrupted only by a fourth-inning walk – when the opposing pitcher, Stephen Strasburg, punched a drive into shallow right field.The ball found grass, seemingly ended Ryu’s no-hit bid with one out in the sixth inning. But Dodgers right fielder Cody Bellinger charged, fielded the ball on a hop and fired to Max Muncy at first base. His throw was clocked at 93 mph by Statcast and just beat Strasburg to the base – a call confirmed by a brief replay review – to keep Ryu’s no-hitter going for a little longer. “I was just playing really shallow with Strasburg hitting,” Bellinger said. “Me and Muncy connected in the second inning (Strasburg’s first at-bat). If there was a line drive at me, I was going to try to get one just because that’s the only opportunity you have usually, with the pitcher. It’s the perfect opportunity for it.“It was bang-bang. I didn’t know if he was out or safe. I just tried to throw it as hard as I could. … I looked up one hitter before and I saw it was a no-hitter. So I was thinking, ‘Here we go.’ It was the sixth inning so this could be a possibility.”As the replay was shown on the scoreboards at Dodger Stadium, Ryu was among those trying to make the call.“While we were watching the replay of that play, I asked Max what he thought because he was the closest to the play,” Ryu said through his interpreter. “He told me that he wasn’t sure. Initially, I thought it was an out so I stuck to that.”Seager said he found himself thinking that no-hitters usually require special plays – and Bellinger’s play certainly qualified. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies The play was Bellinger’s fourth outfield assist, tied for the National League lead despite Bellinger also spending time at first base.“I know it’s early and there’s a lot of baseball to be played. But I just can’t see anybody playing a better right field than Cody,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “How long he is, how fast he is, the plays he made throwing guys out at third and the play today. You don’t see many 9-to-3s on the scorecard.“For him to play right field the way he does – the other night he made a play going to the line that I don’t think anybody else could have made. When you’re talking about a no-hitter, you need plays like that. … That’s tough as far as degree of difficulty.”LEFT OUTWith two left-handed relievers currently on rehab assignments (Caleb Ferguson and Tony Cingrani), the Dodgers could need to make room in their bullpen soon. Scott Alexander could be the lefty left out.Alexander has been dealing with tightness in his left hip, a problem he said cropped up after he had problems with his right hamstring during the recent series in San Francisco.“It’s the difference between being injured and coming back and dealing with something. I think it’s just overcompensating (for the hamstring),” he said. “I think what happens sometimes is it locks up and doesn’t allow me to get extension. I just noticed when that happens I’m not able to drive the ball down with my sinker and that’s when the ball gets a little flat.”ROTATION CHANGERich Hill will be the first casualty of a schedule that will feed the Dodgers four off days in the next 11.Right-hander Kenta Maeda will start Wednesday at home against the San Diego Padres instead of Hill. The left-hander will move back in the rotation and start during next weekend’s series in Cincinnati (most likely Friday, Roberts said).Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “When we threw out Strasburg, it was like, this might be the day,” Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said. “It’s not every day you get a 9-3 putout. That was pretty special.” Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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