It appeared that Fernando Tatis Jr. had hit a two-run homer to give the San Diego Padres the lead against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLDS, but Cody Bellinger had other ideas.

Bellinger raced back to the center field wall, timed a jump perfectly, and robbed Tatis Jr. of a dinger to preserve the Dodgers’ 4-3 lead. This is an absolutely incredible play:

Things also got heated after the catch, with Dodgers pitcher Brusdar Graterol throwing his glove in celebration and then blowing a kiss, which the Padres’ Manny Machado didn’t appreciate.

In addition to being one of baseball’s best hitters (he had a 47 home runs and a 1.035 OPS last season), Bellinger is an excellent athlete and defender. You don’t see many players that play each first base and center field frequently- and well.

Bellinger’s tremendous all-around game is why he won the 2019 NL MVP, and it may have saved a victory for the Dodgers in Game 2.

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