PHOENIX (AP) — Clayton Kershaw pitched seven dominant innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers gained the NL West for the ninth time in 10 seasons, blanking the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-0 Tuesday night time.
Freddie Freeman, Max Muncy and Joey Gallo homered because the Dodgers boosted one of the best report within the majors to 98-43. They lead second-place San Diego by a whopping 20 1/2 video games.
Supervisor Dave Roberts’ crew may have loads of time to get set for its tenth straight 12 months within the postseason. The Dodgers’ first playoff sport is nearly a month away, on Oct. 11.
The one season the Dodgers did not clinch the division of their current run was final 12 months — they gained 106 occasions however nonetheless completed one sport behind San Francisco. Los Angeles then beat the Giants within the NL Division Collection earlier than falling to eventual champion Atlanta within the NLCS.
A crowd of 21,143, principally clad in Dodger blue, watched the clincher. It’s the Dodgers’ twentieth NL West crown for the reason that majors break up into divisions in 1969.
Kershaw (8-3) was sharp all through, permitting simply two singles and one stroll whereas placing out 5. He threw simply 82 pitches, 55 for strikes. He lowered his season ERA to 2.44.
Caleb Ferguson and Craig Kimbrel completed the mixed three-hit shutout.
Gallo’s residence run, his seventeenth, cleared the center-field wall and gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead within the second. The homer was measured at 438 ft. Muncy led off the inning with a single off Merrill Kelly — actually— because it bounced off the pitcher to the vacated left facet of the infield.
Freeman led off the third inning along with his twentieth homer, a 442-foot drive to right-center into the swimming pool space.
Muncy’s homer, additionally his twentieth, got here towards Taylor Widener within the seventh.
Kelly (12-6) lasted 5 innings, dropping for the primary time in 14 begins. He gave up 5 hits, walked 5 and struck out eight. He threw 96 pitches — 30 within the lengthy second inning and 29 extra within the third.
It was the second straight shutout by the Dodgers in Arizona. Tyler Anderson and two relievers dealt with the Diamondbacks 6-0 on Monday.
GOT THEIR NUMBER
After Tuesday’s win, the Dodgers are 27-5 towards Arizona within the final two seasons.
Mookie Betts, again in his regular spot in proper discipline, made a sliding catch within the nook after a long term to take an extra-base hit from Jake McCarthy within the seventh inning. Betts began at second base on Monday.
Within the eighth, McCarthy returned the favor, grabbing Betts’ drive down the road in foul territory.
Diamondbacks 1B Christian Walker entered Tuesday with a .318 common towards Kershaw with 4 residence runs in 22 at-bats, however he struck out twice and grounded out towards the All-Star lefty.
BACK IN TIME
The Dodgers activated RHP Tommy Kahnle from the 60-day injured record on Tuesday and designated RHP Heath Hembree for project.
Kahnle, 33, missed three months with forearm irritation. He has pitched simply 4 video games for the Dodgers this season however has postseason expertise with the New York Yankees in 2017 and ’19.
“To get a man who’s pitched in excessive leverage, pitched in huge video games, to have him again is large,” Roberts stated. “The timing is sweet. He hasn’t pitched an entire lot this season, so having a couple of weeks to get him re-acclimated is an efficient factor.”
Roberts stated 2B Gavin Lux (again), sidelined since Sept. 1, may have a simulated sport Wednesday. Roberts stated he’s near returning.
RHP Michael Grove (4.82) makes his third begin of the season for the Dodgers towards Arizona RHP Zach Davies (2-4, 4.09) Wednesday within the finale of the three-game sequence at Chase Subject.