of Los Angeles Dodgers They won the NL West with 21 games left on Tuesday.
Mookie Betts They made sure to do it in style. The five-time Dodgers Gold Glove winner robbed the Dodgers of the year with a 4-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
With no outs in the seventh inning, outfielder Jake McCarthy slid a Clayton Kershaw pitch down the right field line that seemed destined for extra bases. Betts had other ideas. He sprinted from right-center field, skidded down the warning track, and plucked the ball inches from the air.
When he got off the slide, he stood in front and shared the moment with the Dodgers bullpen. He then tossed the ball back to center field, flashed a smile and waved to a grateful Kershaw on the mound.
Betts wasn’t the only Dodgers star to shine for them on Tuesday. Freddie Freeman hit his 20th home run of the season and tied Paul Goldschmidt for the NL season lead. Kershaw pitched seven shutouts for his eighth win of the season Many times in the list of injured.
With the win, the Dodgers improved to 98-43, 21 games and within striking distance of the second-place San Diego Padres. It’s not like the Padres — or anyone in the NL — was going to catch them anyway. They will now play the rest of the season knowing they are the NL West champions for the ninth time in 10 seasons.