Kolten Wong just put the Cardinals back in front in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Dodgers with a two-run homer off Scott Elbert in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Elbert came on to replace Hyun-Jin Ryu, who allowed just one run — a solo homer by Matt Carpenter — over six innings. Not bad for 23 days’ rest, right? However, Yadier Molina greeted Elbert with a double into the left field corner before Jon Jay sacrificed him over to third base. With the rain falling, Wong then ripped a pitch over the right field fence to give St. Louis a 3-1 lead.
It’s worth noting that Elbert only made seven appearances in the majors during the regular season, yet he was asked to pitch in a very crucial situation. You’d think all that money could have bought the Dodgers a bullpen, but it remains a weakness.
Elbert was eventually pulled after giving up a two-out double to Matt Carpenter. Brandon League gave up a single to Randal Grichuk, but made a nice play on a comebacker off the bat of Matt Holliday to end the scoring threat.
We’re headed to the top of the eighth in St. Louis.
Another fan was struck by a line drive foul ball during Sunday’s game between the Rockies and Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Mike DiGiovanna and Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times report. The ball was hit by Cody Bellinger in the first inning, going just beyond where the protective netting ends at the first-base dugout, striking a young woman in the head. Play was delayed for two minutes while the woman received medical attention. She initially stayed in her seat holding an ice pack to her head but was taken to a hospital for evaluation. According to someone in the Dodger Stadium first-aid office, the girl was alert and responding.
After the game, Bellinger said, “It was weird. It’s the first time I think I’ve hit a fan. I saw it literally hit her face. That was tough. I just tried to regroup. I’m sure it was tough for everyone.” He added, “I went over the next half-inning just to make sure she was all right. She said she was all right. She gave me a thumbs up. Obviously, it’s a scary situation.”
Both Bellinger and manager Dave Roberts expressed support for extending the protective netting at Dodger Stadium. [Update: Netting will be extended, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.]
Bellinger was involved in yet another incident involving a fan later in the game. According to Michael Duarte of NBC Los Angeles, a 14-year-old girl ran on the field in the ninth inning. Bellinger said the girl came up to him and said, “I want a hug.” As she hugged Bellinger, a security guard tackled her. Bellinger said to her, “You know you’re going to jail?” She replied, “Yeah, I know. It was worth it.”