The 2017 season was a months-long coming out party for Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger, who slugged his way to a team rookie home run record and, later, an NL rookie home run record, as well. On Monday night, the Dodgers beat the D-backs, 3-1, in Game 3 of the NLDS presented by T-Mobile in a game that brought Bellinger back home to Phoenix (a product of nearby Chandler, Bellinger played at Chase Field in high school). And boy, did the 22-year-old celebrate.
In the fifth inning, he cracked his first career postseason homer to left-center, pushing the Dodgers' lead to 2-0. It was a poke reminiscent of his regular-season dinger parade.
For his encore, though, Bellinger upped his game even more. Ranging over from the first-base bag, Bellinger tracked a popup headed toward the Dodgers' dugout, reached in, made the impressive grab ... and took quite a tumble, one that manager Dave Roberts and coach Chris Woodward got an up-close look at:
Have a night, kid.
The Dodgers' next challenge comes up in NLCS Game 1 against either the Nationals or Cubs: Saturday, time TBD on TBS.