Cody Bellinger picked a fine time to break out of a mini-slump.
Just 1-for-21 in the 2018 MLB playoffs entering Tuesday night’s game, the Dodgers outfielder went 2-for-4, including the decisive walk-off base hit in the bottom of the 13th inning to score Manny Machado in a 2-1 victory over Milwaukee.
That knots the NLCS between the Dodgers and Brewers at 2-2, with game 5 slated for Wednesday night at Chavez Ravine.
Over in the ALCS, Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. continues to wield a hot stick — with the bases loaded, at least. He slugged a grand slam of Houston closer Roberto Osuna in the top of the eighth inning to pace Boston to a 8-2 whipping of the Astros.
Bradley Jr.’s only other hit of the ALCS was a decisive bases loaded double that got Boston rolling to a 7-5 victory in game 2. Boston now leads the best-of-seven ALCS by a 2-1 count.
In other news, there may have been some cheating going on — and the finger is being pointed directly at the Houston Astros.
During game 1 of the ALCS, a man claiming to be an employee of the Astros was spotted pointing a camera into the Boston Red Sox dugout, followed by frequent texting. He was eventually removed from the media only area by Fenway security personnel.
The Red Sox were actually warned about the employee by the Indians, who said they were also being filmed in game 3 of the ALDS. The official explanation for the man’s actions was that he was doing so to see if the Red Sox were improperly using a video monitor in game 1.
The league and all parties concerned consider it a minor issue.