Dodgers clinch NL's top seed, West title with win over A's

Wrapping up an NL West name has turn out to be regimen for the Los Angeles Dodgers, however in a 12 months wherein nobody used to be positive 3 months in the past if there can be a baseball season, supervisor Dave Roberts sought after his workforce to nonetheless savor the instant.

The Dodgers clinched the NL’s best postseason seed and 8th directly department name Tuesday evening with a 7-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics. They’re 3rd workforce to win a minimum of 8 directly department titles, becoming a member of the Atlanta Braves (14 directly from 1991-2005) and New York Yankees (9 directly from 1998-2006).


“To speedy ahead a pair months and be topped NL West champs is a credit score to everybody. It must by no means be taken with no consideration,” Roberts mentioned. “Reality learn numerous guys didn’t know shall we clinch. We have been accountable however I let it know that it needs to be favored.”

The Dodgers, who personal the most productive file within the majors at 39-16, have been the primary workforce within the majors to clinch a playoff berth on Sept. 16. They’re going to open postseason play on Sept. 30 by means of web hosting each and every sport in a best-of-three sequence towards the No. eight seed.

Los Angeles got here into the day with a magic collection of two and were given lend a hand with the Angels’ Four-2 victory over the San Diego Padres.

As an alternative of a wild birthday party at the mound after Jake McGee struck out Sean Murphy for the general out, avid gamers briskly walked out of the dugout to have fun with teammates. Everybody grabbed a department clinching blouse and cap sooner than heading to the mound for a bunch picture.

The clubhouse birthday party used to be additionally muted. Champagne used to be nonetheless concerned, however it used to be avid gamers toasting every different with a pitcher as a substitute of being showered in it.

“We mentioned it as a substitute of dumping stuff on other folks. It is a second you want to have fun and we did,” mentioned Corey Seager, who had 3 hits and certainly one of Los Angeles’ 4 house runs, “It stinks no longer with the ability to do champagne and beer showers as a result of one of the most more youthful guys have not been in a position to revel in that.”

Max Muncy, Chris Taylor and AJ Pollock additionally went deep for Los Angeles, which leads the majors with 104 house runs.

“This complete 12 months has been bizarre. There is no different technique to describe it,” Muncy mentioned. “It is unhappy to not be have fun as same old however we all know there may be much more at stake.”

Dustin Might (2-1) went 5 innings and allowed two runs on 3 hits. The 22-year-old red-headed righty set a workforce file by means of no longer permitting greater than 3 earned runs in his first 13 profession begins, which come with 10 this season.

Robbie Grossman homered for Oakland, which clinched its first AL West crown in seven years on Monday throughout a break day. The Athletics, within the postseason for the 3rd directly 12 months, lately are the AL’s No. Three seed.

Mark Canha had two of Oakland’s 5 hits.

Seager tied it at 1 within the first with an RBI unmarried after which led off the 5th with a force to heart off T.J. McFarland to increase LA’s result in 6-2.

Muncy gave the Dodgers a Three-2 lead within the 3rd inning with a two-run homer. Taylor and Pollock prolonged it with solo pictures within the fourth off Oakland starter Frankie Montas (Three-Five).

Grossman temporarily gave Oakland a 1-Zero lead when he homered off the left-field pole within the first inning. Sean Murphy in short gave the Athletics a 2-1 merit when he led off the 3rd with a stroll and scored on a wild pitch by means of Might with two outs.

Montas, who allowed best 4 house runs in his first seven begins, has given up six in his previous 3. The best-hander went 4 innings and yielded 5 runs on seven hits with a stroll and 3 strikeouts.

“They’re a sexy excellent workforce that once you are making errors, they make you pay,” Oakland supervisor Bob Melvin mentioned. “They’re lovely excellent shedding and making you throw it over the plate. They made Montas pay, sadly.”

Cody Bellinger added two hits for the Dodgers, together with an RBI unmarried with the bases loaded within the 7th.



The A’s have a workforce textual content thread they used to have fun clinching their first AL West name since 2013 throughout their off day Monday, when the Mariners beat Houston.

“We didn’t actually have fun an excessive amount of but. It’s thrilling,” Chad Pinder mentioned. “We needed to do it on our personal phrases. We nonetheless received the department and that used to be our purpose. It’s great to understand we’ll be enjoying house for the sequence.”


Athletics: INF/OF Pinder (strained proper hamstring) deliberate to run at Dodger Stadium and check his leg with hopes of nonetheless enjoying sooner than the realization of the common season. …. RHP Daniel Mengden has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas. He used to be designated for project after being medically cleared and reinstated from the COVID-19 injured record following a good check from Aug. 28.

Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner used to be scratched from the lineup not up to an hour sooner than first pitch because of left hamstring discomfort He got here off the injured record on Sept. 15 and has no longer performed within the discipline since Aug. 28. … Joc Pederson used to be within the lineup at DH after lacking 5 video games whilst at the circle of relatives emergency clinical record. Roberts mentioned sooner than the sport that he wasn’t positive if Pederson will stay with the workforce throughout all the postseason.


Athletics: LHP Sean Manaea (Four-Three, Four.50) is Four-1 with a 2.25 ERA over his ultimate 5 begins relationship to Aug. 20.

Dodgers: LHP Julio Urías (Three-Zero, Three.49) will make his team-leading 11th get started.

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