The Dodgers have seemed aghast at, if not offended by, the thought.
Haven’t they worried at all — now that they’ve clinched the division, all but locked up baseball’s best document, and accomplished it with a couple months nevertheless remaining in the regular time — about complacency placing in amongst now and the commence of the playoffs?
No, they’ve emphatically claimed. Not in the slightest.
“That query doesn’t even register with me,” to start with baseman Freddie Freeman explained past 7 days, in the midst of his team’s division-clinching clubhouse celebration.
“I suggest, if you do not want to win the recreation, you shouldn’t be taking part in,” pitcher Andrew Heaney echoed Sunday.
“If you get started looking at our fellas get lazy, then come chat to me,” manager Dave Roberts added, his tone sharpening as he sat in the going to skipper’s place of work at Oracle Park. “Our guys are clever ample to know, it issues.”
In truth, as they’d promised, the Dodgers’ depth did not wane throughout their 1st collection after clinching the Nationwide League West.
As an alternative, in the final stop of a three-city, 10-day street vacation, the club completed a three-video game, report-environment sweep of the San Francisco Giants with a 4-3 gain in 10 innings Sunday night time.
The victory was the Dodgers’ 15th about the Giants this period, the most they’ve overwhelmed their rivals in a solitary marketing campaign since the two franchises relocated to California in 1958.
And it necessary them to grind by a rainy evening in the Bay Area, 1 that concluded with an virtually hour-long saga in a spectacular 10th inning.
Following actively playing by means of wet situations and a 20-minute rain hold off early on, then squandering an eighth-inning direct that remaining the score 2-2 likely into the 10th, the Dodgers made two operates in the extra frame.
Austin Barnes set the tone with a sacrifice bunt. Mookie Betts broke the tie with a double down the line. Then, the Dodgers strung alongside one another a few two-out walks (the first one was intentional) to force property an coverage run.
They necessary it.
In the base fifty percent of the 10th, reliever Andre Jackson gave up one operate and loaded the bases with two outs prior to remaining-hander Justin Bruihl changed him and obtained LaMonte Wade Jr. to floor out for his initially job preserve.
“Beer shower!” Dodgers players shouted as they returned to the clubhouse, keen to commemorate Bruihl’s milestone minute with a celebration.
“There was beer, ketchup, milk, a bunch of other stuff dumped on me,” Bruihl mentioned with a smile.
“I took a wonderful incredibly hot shower immediately after.”
Every single tiny minute — enjoying via the rain, scoring twice in the 10th, celebrating Bruihl’s accomplishment — was evidence to Roberts that his players have not dropped their amount of depth in the latest times, that they have not dropped their edge even with their area in the standings.
“There wasn’t any deficiency of emphasis or getting performs off,” Roberts explained. “It was the same intensity as I saw last year, when we had been in a pennant race with these guys. So credit score to our gamers.”
Before the video game, the manager stated he’s struggled to encourage his greatest stars — particularly Freeman, who has skipped just a single match — to choose a lot more times off as the season winds down.
“I’m not a quitter,” Roberts joked. “But I also know battles that I’m going to reduce.”
The Dodgers (101-44) still are currently being careful in other strategies.
Heaney was lifted from his begin Sunday immediately after just four innings and 65 pitches, with his fall-off in execution pursuing the fourth-inning rain delay factoring into Roberts’ selection.
The workforce also cautiously managed its bullpen as usual, turning to much less-expert arms in Jackson and Bruihl in the 10th in purchase to prevent increased-leverage solutions such as Tommy Kahnle and Chris Martin from pitching in again-to-back online games.
It almost allowed the Giants (69-77) — who ended up twice robbed of very likely operates earlier in the evening on ground-rule doubles that compelled a runner to prevent at third — to steal Sunday’s video game late.
Jackson gave up a deep flyout to Joc Pederson that could have been a walk-off home run if not for a stiff wind. Bruihl yielded a lengthy foul ball to Wade that drifted just large of the appropriate-area pole.
Eventually, on the other hand, the Dodgers prevailed but again.
“If you talk to any individual in here, they in all probability wouldn’t be in a position to tell you how several moments we’ve beat the Giants,” Heaney claimed. “We just go out there and engage in.”