Cody Bellinger becomes first Dodger to hit for the cycle since 2009

Brunilde Fioravanti
Luglio 17, 2017

An angry Yasiel Puig took several steps toward the mound after he was almost hit by a pitch from Jose Urena in the second inning of Saturday night's game against the Miami Marlins.

"As I was running back, I said, 'This is an opportunity to make a good play, '" Ozuna said.

He started off Saturday's game with a laser single up the middle, followed it with a home run in the third, smacked an RBI double in the fourth, then roped the triple that he needed over the glove of Giancarlo Stanton to get the triple that he needed to complete his cycle.

Los Angeles pitcher Alex Wood, a first-time All-Star this year, is now 11-0 on the season and improved his earned run average to 1.56.

Cody Bellinger has had a hell of a rookie season for the Dodgers, and if not for Aaron Judge, he'd probably be getting a lot more press. Puig shouted at Urena and took several steps as some players and both managers ran onto the field.

"I just don't see anyone compete as much as we do", manager Dave Roberts said. Puig hit two home runs in Los Angeles' win Friday, including a go-ahead three-run homer in the ninth inning. "It's clear to me there was no intent (by Urena)".

At age 22, Bellinger is the sixth-youngest player to hit for the cycle in the live ball era (since 1920), the youngest to do so since 21-year-old Mike Trout in 2013.

The century mark is in sight for the Los Angeles Dodgers heading into the second half of the season.Their 61-29 record leads the majors for the first time since 2009. It's really all 25 guys in here that are coming to compete every single day and bringing their best out on the field.

Puig remained in the No. 8 in the order even though he's second on the Dodgers with 18 homers. "But I think the right thing at this moment is to stay the course". Dodgers starter Rich Hill (6-4) continued his resurgence by pitching five strong innings, and the bullpen survived its eighth-inning hiccup.

The last time he pitched in Miami before Sunday was last September 10, when Hill threw seven ideal innings. The veteran southpaw has been nothing short of brilliant in his last two starts, surrendering just one run on six hits while fanning 20 and walking one in a space of 14 frames.

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