Bellinger, the Dodgers’ younger, power-hitting first baseman, tried to beat an infield shift with a bunt in opposition to the Reds’ Jared Hughes. The concept was high quality in idea, however the timing was . . . suboptimal, to place it mildly:
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1. Bellinger, who had homered earlier the sport, bunted with one out and nobody on within the backside of the ninth inning, and along with his group trailing by two runs.
2. Worse, he bunted on a Three-Zero rely.
The bunt went proper again to Hughes, who threw him out.
“Tried to get the tying run (Chris Taylor) to the plate there (however) simply did not execute,” Bellinger informed reporters postgame. He mentioned he had the take signal, however he additionally anticipated getting a fastball that he may push down the third-base line.
“Simply unhealthy luck, and if I may do it once more I would not,” he added. (Video under through NBC LA.)
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) Might 13, 2018
Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts, who averted his eyes in disgust after the bunt and didn’t take a look at Bellinger as he returned to the dugout, was in no temper to defend the play or the participant afterward.
Dave Roberts on why Bellinger bunted Three and Zero: “I don’t know.” Stated Bellinger has the take signal.
— Invoice Shaikin (@BillShaikin) Might 13, 2018
Roberts benched Bellinger final month for failing to hustle; this newest fail, mixed with Bellinger’s lagging season stats (5 residence runs, .795 OPS) and the Dodgers’ total struggles (they’re 16-23 after shedding 5-Three Saturday), will not enhance the player-manager relationship.