Scottsdale native and Chandler Hamilton High School grad Cody Bellinger's dream rookie season continued in a big way Sunday night.
In the fifth inning of Game 5 of the World Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers slugger broke a 4-4 tie with this three-run homer vs. the Houston Astros, becoming the first Arizona native to hit a World Series homer. Bellinger proceeded to shush the Houston crowd after rounding the bases.
The crowd wasn't silent for long, as the Astros re-tied the game at 7-7 following a three-run homer of their own in the bottom of the inning, but Bellinger hit an RBI triple in his next at-bat to give the Dodgers the lead once again. This made Bellinger the second first baseman ever to hit a home run and a triple in the same World Series game. (Paul Molitor did the same for the Blue Jays in 1993.)
Ultimately, Bellinger's heroics weren't quite enough, as the Astros edged the Dodgers 13-12 in a wild 10-inning game.
The 22-year-old Bellinger, who began the season in the minor leagues, has done some special things this season. His father, Clay Bellinger, won two World Series titles with the New York Yankees and is now a firefighter in Gilbert.
Bellinger hit 39 home runs in the regular season; only the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton had more among National League players. Bellinger was also instrumental in the Dodgers' Game 4 win over the Astros, recording two hits and driving in two runs in LA's 6-2 victory to even the series at two games apiece.