Los Angeles — Even before the Dodgers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-4 on Tuesday night, the magic numbers for clinching the playoff berth lacked the usual magic.
For the record, it’s zero. The Dodgers’ victory, coupled with San Diego Padres’ defeat to the San Francisco Giants, ensured that they would reach the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season. Asked if this year’s team reminds them of their predecessor, third baseman Justin Turner declined.
“We are on our way now, and we are playing really good baseball,” Turner said.
The Dodgers (93-53) are moving at a pace of 103 wins. But so far, they’re heading straight for the wildcard berth-certainly a special path. The Dodgers have entered the postseason as a wildcard team only twice in franchise history, not since 2006.
The Giants (95-50), who holds the best baseball record, have a chance to stop the Dodgers’ eight consecutive National League West title wins. They lead the division with 2.5 games in the regular season with 17 games remaining. The Dodgers have 16 games left.
That may be why Turner was surprised when asked about plans to celebrate the Dodgers’ clinch before the match on Tuesday.
“You don’t want to take them for granted, but I don’t know if we’ll celebrate them,” he said.
The Dodgers are the perfect 5-0 at the current home stand and will end with a rematch with Arizona on Wednesday night. The Dodgers won 13 of 15 face-to-face meetings with the Diamondbacks (47-98), who live in the basement.
The Dodgers never dragged on Tuesday. Max Muncy, Will Smith and Trea Turner each hit home runs. Muncie and Turner each finished 2 to 3 with 2 RBIs. Manchester City has hit 33 home runs and is third in the National League.
Dodgers starter Tony Gonsolin (3-1) didn’t allow a hit until Ketel Marte led the single four times. The right-handed player allowed only 2 hits and 2 steps while hitting 6 hits. In his third start in the 11th inning this season, he threw at least 5 innings without allowing a run.
Marté also hit a three-run home run against Relief Justin Brule in the seventh inning. It instantly brought Arizona within 6-4.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Dodgers loaded the base against right-handed Brett de Geus. The Dodgers lost in the Rule 5 draft last December. A sacrifice fly by Smith and Justin Turner provided the final score.
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