WATCH: Cody Bellinger Hits a Ridiculously High Pitch to Secure the Winning Home Run for LA Dodgers in NLCS

Published 10/20/2021, 8:53 AM EDT
Oct 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger (35) hits a three-run home run in the eighth inning of game three of the 2021 NLCS against the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


Since the start, the National League Championship Series was looking one-sided in the favor of the Atlanta Braves. However, courtesy of the heroics of Cody Bellinger, the Los Angeles Dodgers are back in the game.

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The reigning World Series champions finally opened their account in NLCS, clinching game three against the Braves. Dodgers won the game by 6-5, as Cody smashed a three-run homer.

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Cody Bellinger saves the day

The Los Angeles Dodgers were struggling in the NLCS, against the Atlanta Braves, who had won the first two games. But the atmosphere in the Dodger stadium changed, as the Los Angeles Dodgers finally made a comeback.

In the first innings of the game, Dodgers started on a positive note, securing 2 runs. Albeit, the Braves were also in their best form as they gained 5 runs till the fifth innings, while Dodgers were still on 2.

Astonishingly, in the eighth innings, Cody Bellinger smashed a three-run home, bringing the Dodgers back from the dead end. With this dramatic comeback, Dodgers clinched their first game of NLCS, by 6-5.

Notably, it was the second-highest pitch he has ever homered on. Hitting a pitch above the strike zone, and a pitch with high velocity, are two challenging things separately. But Cody faced both together, and he still magically swung his bat and seized the opportunity. The pitch was 4.12 feet high and was coming at 95.6 mph.

Oct 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger (35) hits a three-run home run in the eighth inning of game three of the 2021 NLCS against the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Thanks to his last-minute home run, the Dodgers were saved from giving the Braves the embarrassing 3-0 lead.

What’s next?

The Dodgers fans have their dead hopes back, as they are back in the game. Although the Braves still have a 2-1 lead, at least now they won’t be clean sweeping the NLCS.

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Oct 17, 2021; Cumberland, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Joc Pederson (22) hits a two run homerun during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game two of the 2021 NLCS at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Dodgers and Braves would now clash for the game four battle out of the seven of the NLCS. The match is scheduled for the 20th of October, Wednesday. Do you think the Dodgers will bring the game to draw, or the Braves would strengthen their lead with another win?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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