Los Angeles Dodgers first team to clinch a playoff spot

SAN DIEGO — Reaching the playoffs is turning into routine but nonetheless particular for Justin Turner and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

After emphatically turning into the first team to clinch a postseason spot this yr with an 11-2 victory Sunday over the San Diego Padres, the Dodgers did not rejoice on the sector past their normal post-victory handshake line.

Afterwards within the clubhouse, supervisor Dave Roberts led a toast with glowing wine and the gamers and employees got caps with the postseason emblem.

The message was easy — there’s a lot extra to come for the Dodgers, who sealed a playoff berth for the tenth straight season. They have one of the best document within the majors at 96-43.

“I do not suppose it is something you may take with no consideration,” stated Turner, who hit a grand slam and a solo homer and might be within the postseason for the ninth straight yr. “I’ve been on some groups early in my profession that did not have this chance, so I positively really feel lucky to be a a part of a corporation that cares about successful and places successful first.”

With hundreds of their blue-clad followers cheering them on at Petco Park, the Dodgers diminished their magic quantity to two for successful the NL West for the ninth time in 10 seasons.

“It’s a huge accomplishment,” Roberts stated. “For me it is simply ensuring guys respect that it isn’t a ceremony of passage to get into the postseason yearly and there is nonetheless a lot of labor to be finished. I really feel our greatest baseball is but to be performed and simply proceed to keep targeted .”

Max Muncy hit a go-ahead, two-run, bases-loaded single within the sixth inning and Chris Taylor and Trea Turner additionally homered for the Dodgers, who received their eighth straight collection towards the Padres courting to June 2021. The Dodgers have overwhelmed the Padres 12 instances in 15 video games this yr and for the twenty first time of their final 25 video games.

Roberts, who led the Dodgers to the World Series title after the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, stated the Dodgers are conditioned to keep targeted.

“It’s sort of who we’re. It’s a very good group, it is a very targeted group,” stated Roberts, in his seventh season as supervisor. “We have a great distance to go to accomplish our aim. We sort of perceive that if you happen to have a look at your self as a ballclub and set a sure customary of play, then it permits you to sort of attain that and notice these objectives. It’s fairly simple for us and we do not care concerning the standings. We simply need to play good baseball.”

Freddie Freeman helped the Atlanta Braves win the 2021 World Series earlier than signing with the Dodgers as a free agent. He stated that though the Dodgers are already wanting ahead to successful the division, “you do have to step again and notice that what we have finished the final 4 months has been fairly particular.”

“To do it this rapidly is fairly superb,” Freeman stated. “Just throughout, simply been enjoying actually good baseball for a very long time now as a group and hopefully we will get this division wrapped up right here shortly, too.”

It was such a blowout that the Padres had first baseman Wil Myers pitch the ninth, and Turner drove his first pitch into the third balcony of the brick warehouse within the left subject nook for his twentieth homer. It was Myers’ fourth pitching look this season and second towards the Dodgers.

The Padres’ lead over Milwaukee for the NL’s third wild-card spot was diminished to two.

Padres All-Star right-hander Joe Musgrove (9-7) had a 2-0 lead after three innings earlier than Justin Turner homered to left with one out within the fifth and Taylor homered to heart with two outs.

Musgrove loaded the bases with one out within the sixth earlier than Muncy chased him with a single to proper that gave the Dodgers a 4-2 lead.

The Dodgers blew it open with a six-run seventh towards the Padres’ bullpen. Trea Turner hit an RBI single off Robert Suarez and Tim Hill walked Muncy with the bases loaded. Craig Stammen got here on and Justin Turner drove his first pitch deep into the seats in left for his second profession slam.

It was Justin Turner’s 14th profession multi-homer recreation. He has 13 homers this season.

Musgrove, who made his first All-Star team this season, allowed 4 runs and 6 hits in 5 1/3 innings, struck out 5 and walked one. He misplaced for the seventh time in eight selections over 14 begins.

Andrew Heaney (3-2) allowed two runs, one earned, and three hits in 5 innings. He struck out six and walked two.

San Diego’s Jake Cronenworth homered with two outs within the second, his sixteenth.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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