Champagne Night in the Desert: Dodgers crowned Western Division champions for the ninth time in 10 years

Manager Dave Roberts kicked off the celebration in the Dodgers’ locker room in Phoenix.

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Joey Gallo, Freddie Freeman and Max Muncy hit home runs to back up pitcher Clayton Kershaw’s excellent performance, and lThe Los Angeles Dodgers won the National League West Division championship on Tuesday night in Phoenix. with a 4-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Dodgers now they have retaken the throne of the Western Division after last year they could not with the surprising San Francisco Giants, whom they later eliminated in the playoffs. It is the ninth division title of the Los Angeles team in the last 10 yearsan extraordinary era for the illustrious franchise.

Gallo, who joined the team several weeks ago, hit a two-run homer in the second inning. Freeman added a solo shot in the third and Muncy another in the seventh.

Kershaw pitched 7 innings with only 2 hits against him against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander has a brilliant pitching record in games to secure the division pennant, now with four such big starts in his career.

“This is the first step,” manager Dave Roberts said. at the end of the match. “We have a long road ahead of us.”

The Dodgers clinches the division in just their 141st game of the regular season, the earliest since the 162-game format existed. The crowning is so early that Roberts will have about a month to get his team ready before his playoff run begins.

To gauge the team’s dominance in 2022, its division lead is 20.5 games over second-place San Diego.

The game, played before almost an entire Dodgers fan despite being in Phoenix, included another tremendous catch by Mookie Betts, this time in the right-field corner. A night before, Betts had shone with the glove at second base.

Immediately after finishing the game, all team members and coaches put on their West champion jerseys and posed on the diamond at Chase Field. Minutes later they went to their locker room and began to shower in champagne, a ritual that is customary for the Dodgers every September and October.

Before the champagne began to fly in the Dodgers’ locker room, manager Roberts mentioned some new Dodgers like Gallo and Andrew Heaney who are now part of something special and then turned the floor over to Kershaw, who was brief on say that he loves his teammates and that it has been fun playing alongside them.

The Dodgers are the best team of the season and the biggest favorites for the World Series title.

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Champagne Night in the Desert: Dodgers crowned Western Division champions for the ninth time in 10 years