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Dodgers: How Austin Barnes’ Baserunning Blunder Won the Game

What a wild night of baseball for Dodgers fans on Wednesday. With their team down 6 runs heading into the later innings, fans in Los Angeles didn’t expect much. But a series of clutch hits and well-timed situational hitting got them back into the thick of things. Just in time for Hanser Alberto to take the lead in the 9th inning. 

But before they could get to that point, Dodgers fans had to hold their collective breath. Austin Barnes came in the game to run for Justin Turner after he hit a leadoff double. And after Cody Bellinger dunked in a single to right, it looked like Los Angeles had for sure tied the game. 

Instead, Barnes slipped coming around third base and went straight into the ground. But luckily, the Dodgers catcher was able to scurry back to third without getting thrown out. That would have been wild. 

The Dodgers would scratch across the tying run when Max Muncy lifted a ball into the outfield. But as it turns out, the Dodgers probably benefitted from Barnes falling down. Cody Bellinger joked about it after the win. 

“Turned out to be uhhh…Yeah, it won us the game kind of in the way. Because I got to go to second base, or else I probably would have stayed at first base. So, great heads-up play. Great heads-up play.”

There might actually be something to that. Bellinger was able to get to second when the Cardinals tried to throw Barnes out. That set the stage to get him into scoring position for when Hanser Alberto singled into left. Atta boy, Barnesy. 

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