Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger pushing for more hits after hot start against Diamondbacks

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Bellinger was a tad frustrated that Pollock got awarded the hit and he didn’t. In the fourth inning, Bellinger hit a rocket that bounced off Ildemaro Vargas’ chest in the infield. Bellinger got to first base safely, allowing Russell Martin to score from third. The Diamondbacks’ third baseman was given an error on the mishap.“If his is a knock, I want a knock,” Bellinger said jokingly. “That’s an RBI, too. … Tell the scorekeeper to lock it in.”Bellinger quickly got over the no-hit ruling. He’s had many hits to start the season, including a 425-foot solo blast to center field on Sunday to give him his fourth home run of the season.Bellinger, who batted second and patrolled first base, went 3 of 5 for three hits and one RBI in the series finale versus the Diamondbacks. But still, it could have been better if he got that infield hit.“Mentally, yeah, that’s a hit,” Bellinger said. “Hits are obviously great, but if you’re executing the plan and barreling stuff up, you’re always going to feel good.” Bellinger has a greedy mindset because he knows slumps could come at any point in the season. The 2017 National League Rookie of the Year struggled last year and was forced into a platoon.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire He doesn’t want to see those struggles this year and is forcing Dodgers manager Dave Roberts to start him every day. In the first series of the season, Bellinger went 10 for 20 with four homers, eight RBIs and had three multi-hit games.“With Cody, it’s just right now, the mechanics, the approach, the mental clarity, the compete, all that stuff he’s doing right now, it doesn’t really matter who’s pitching,” Roberts said. “You just feel like when he’s in the box he’s going to get a hit or something good is going to happen.”SORT OF A DAY OFFRoberts hoped to give third baseman Justin Turner and shortstop Corey Seager a full day off, but that didn’t happen after the Dodgers blew a 4-0 lead by giving up seven runs in the fourth inning.Both received one pinch-hit at-bat. Turner scored a crucial run during the come-from-behind eighth inning.In the future, Roberts said he will avoid resting his All-Star infielders on the same day.“It’s probably more ideal, yeah, to not have both out of the lineup on the same day, but to be quite honest, in one particular game, when you have the guys that we have in there to replace them, it’s not too much of a downgrade for me,” Roberts said. “It really isn’t, we have so many good players.”Those good players recorded 14 home runs in the four games against the Diamondbacks, one shy of the team record for most in a four-game series. The 2017 Dodgers had 15 home runs against the New York Mets.UP NEXTGiants (LHP Drew Pomeranz) at Dodgers (LHP Julio Urias), Monday, 7:10 p.m., SportNet LA (where available), 570 AM Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start LOS ANGELES — Cody Bellinger overheard A.J. Pollock analyzing his two-run double that tied the score Sunday for the Dodgers in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks.“Yours was a hit?” Bellinger interrupted from across the locker room.“They changed it,” Pollock replied with a smile.Errors often don’t lead to hits on the box score, but Pollock was already approaching second base when Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Jones bobbled the ground ball that went down the first-base line. The quick-witted Pollock took third after Jones’ costly error before eventually scoring the game-winning run. The Dodgers defeated the Diamondbacks 8-7 to win the season-opening series 3-1. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more