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What can't he do? Bellinger records a 9-3 putout

@kengurnick
May 12, 2019

LOS ANGELES -- Cody Bellinger was a little disappointed that Statcast clocked his throw from right field to first base at “only” 93 mph, as if there was anything disappointing about that play. It kept alive Hyun-Jin Ryu’s no-hitter on Sunday, a bullet Bellinger fired to first baseman Max Muncy

LOS ANGELES -- Cody Bellinger was a little disappointed that Statcast clocked his throw from right field to first base at “only” 93 mph, as if there was anything disappointing about that play.

It kept alive Hyun-Jin Ryu’s no-hitter on Sunday, a bullet Bellinger fired to first baseman Max Muncy after backhanding on the run an apparent one-hop line single by opposing pitcher Stephen Strasburg in the sixth inning that would have been Washington’s first hit in what turned into a 6-0 Dodgers win and a one-hitter over eight innings by Ryu.

The Nationals called for a review, but first-base umpire Gerry Davis’ initial out call stood and the no-hitter remained intact another two innings, until Gerardo Parra’s ground-rule double ruined it.

“I was just playing shallow because Strasburg was hitting,” said Bellinger. “Me and Muncy connected in the second inning. If there was a line drive hit at me, I was going to try to get one, because that’s the only opportunity you have with a pitcher.

“It was bang-bang. I didn’t know if it was out or safe, I just threw it as hard as I could. I looked up one hitter before and saw it was a no-hitter and I thought this could be a possibility. I watched the replay. Initially, I thought he was safe, so it was cool to see the slow-mo video.”

Ryu said during the review he asked Muncy what he thought.

“He told me he wasn’t sure, so I was nervous initially,” said Ryu.

Strasburg said he wasn’t surprised Bellinger came up throwing.

“It’s happened to me before, I’ve just beat it out before,” he said. “I guess because I hit it too hard. I kind of just know that when [I'm in the box] they’re going to try and make the play so I just didn’t get there in time."

Manager Dave Roberts said the play is just one more example of how great a player Bellinger is, now that he’s been converted full time from first base to the outfield.

“I know it’s early in the season, but I just can’t see anybody playing a better right field than Cody,” said Roberts. “Talk about Gold Glove, how long he is, how fast he is, the plays he’s made throwing guys out at third. You don’t see many 9-3s on the scorecard. For him to play right field the way he does, you talk about a no-hitter, you need great plays like that. That’s one at the top in degree of difficulty.”

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.