Freddie Freeman helped the Atlanta Braves win the World Collection final 12 months and on Wednesday evening he helped the Los Angeles Dodgers set the franchise season document with their 107th victory.
Freeman singled in Mookie Betts with one out within the tenth inning and the Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 1-0 within the second straight extra-inning recreation between the rivals.”That is numerous wins, when you actually give it some thought,” Freeman mentioned. “Quite a lot of good issues should occur from numerous guys. Not simply 26 guys, however 40 to 45 guys should contribute to have the ability to try this.”If you consider it, it is the pitching,” Freeman mentioned on an evening when Julio Urías, one of many main contenders for the NL Cy Younger award, pitched six scoreless innings. “Our pitching has been completely phenomenal all season lengthy. They offer us an opportunity. We have not carried out rather well with runners in scoring place within the final couple of days and so they put up zeroes all day till we received one in.”The win by the NL West champion Dodgers saved the Padres’ magic quantity at 4 for clinching a playoff spot in a full season for the primary time since 2006.It additionally put the Dodgers in place to win their ninth straight sequence in opposition to the Padres since June 2021. The sequence finale is Thursday evening.
The Dodgers have already clinched the No. 1 general seed within the NL playoffs.”As soon as Oct. 11 hits, nobody’s going to care what number of wins you had within the common season,” Freeman mentioned. “That is the large factor. We’re right here, we’re within the common season, we would as properly get as many wins as we presumably can. You have to play good baseball from begin to end to have the ability to accomplish one thing like this and we have been doing it.”Betts began as the automated runner on second base and superior on a handed ball earlier than scoring on Freeman’s hit to heart over a drawn-in infield off Steven Wilson (4-2), his career-high 192nd.”I used to be going for successful when Mookie was on second, attempting to get the slider up,” Freeman mentioned. “Often I’m going to left discipline, however with the slider coming in I used to be attempting to hit it excellent of second base. That was the plan. I did not know if it was going to work. As soon as the ball received away and he received to 3rd, all I used to be attempting to do was hit a fly ball to heart discipline. I hit it within the air and I hit it to heart discipline. It simply did not go very far but it surely went far sufficient.”
Alex Vesia (5-0), who grew up within the San Diego space, pitched the ninth for the win. Tommy Kahnle pitched the tenth for his first save. He received Kim Ha-seong to floor out to finish it with Jurickson Profar on third base.The Padres are closing in on their first playoff berth in a full season since successful the NL West for the second straight 12 months in 2006. They beat St. Louis in a wild-card sequence within the pandemic-shortened 2020 season earlier than being swept within the division sequence by the eventual World Collection champion Dodgers.Urías, who decreased his ERA to an NL-best 2.17, threw six scoreless innings whereas Padres righty Joe Musgrove, a first-time All-Star this season, went 5 scoreless frames.”I am not specializing in any of that stuff,” Urias mentioned of the Cy Younger Award speak. “Each time I get on that mound I attempt to do the very best I can and pitch. I do not actually fear concerning the issues that folks say, the accolades or something like that. I simply concentrate on doing my job after which additionally I feel that is one thing that motivates me to do a greater job.”Urias went six innings, permitting six hits, putting out 5 and strolling two.His subsequent begin shall be within the penultimate recreation of the common season. Supervisor Dave Roberts mentioned earlier than the sport that Urias may begin the primary playoff recreation.Musgrove labored by 106 pitches earlier than handing off a scoreless tie to Tim Hill.
Musgrove loaded the bases within the first and fifth innings and escaped each jams by putting out Joey Gallo. He threw 34 pitches in an 18-minute first inning. After putting out Gallo to finish the fifth on his final pitch of the evening, Musgrove pumped his proper fist and hollered.The Padres wasted a main scoring likelihood within the sixth, after they had runners on first and third with one out. Manny Machado walked with one out, stole second and was known as out. However he signaled to the dugout to problem the play even earlier than he received up off the bottom, and the decision was overturned. He superior on Brandon Drury’s single however Urias retired Will Myers and Jake Cronenworth on infield popups.Musgrove allowed 4 hits, struck out eight and walked 4.Urias went six innings, permitting six hits, putting out 5 and strolling two.TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers: Positioned RHP Phil Bickford (2-1, 4.72 ERA in 60 appearances) on the 15-day injured record with proper shoulder fatigue and activated RHP Yency Almonte from the IL. … Roberts mentioned Tony Gonsolin, on the IL with a proper forearm pressure, is scheduled to start out Monday at Dodger Stadium in opposition to Colorado and pitch three innings.UP NEXTNeither workforce has named a starter for the sequence finale Wednesday evening.