October 8, 2020 | 9:38am | Updated October 8, 2020 | 9:40am
If Fernando Tatis and the Padres fall in the NLDS to the Dodgers, they’ll be having a recurring nightmare about this one play.
Cody Bellinger made what is quite possible the play of the year in MLB, robbing Tatis of a two-run homer to end the top of the seventh inning Wednesday night in the Dodgers’ 6-5, Game 2 win which gave them a 2-0 series lead. Bellinger leaped at the wall in dead center and stretched his right arm above the fence to keep the Dodgers ahead 4-3.
“I knew he hit it, so it was either, ‘That’s gone off the black screen,’ or, ‘I’m going to get to the wall and maybe have a chance to catch it,’” Bellinger said. “I just kind of turned around as fast as I could, got to the fence and saw that it was robbable, so I decided to try to time up the jump. That’s how it worked out.”
The play proved especially crucial when after the Dodgers took a 6-3 lead, the Padres clawed back in the ninth, scoring two runs off closer Kenley Jansen. Jansen was replaced by Joe Kelly, who walked two batters to load the bases before getting Eric Hosmer to ground out to end the game.
“Great players make great plays in big moments, and Cody did just that,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Man, I just don’t know many guys that can make that play. He got turned around a little bit, but he still recovered his length and his ability to jump and control his body. It was a game-changing play.”