The Los Angeles Dodgers are not taking their foot off the gas despite securing an NL West title in early September. The Dodgers claimed a 1-0 victory over their division rivals San Diego Padres on Wednesday night, improving to 107 wins for the season and setting a new franchise record.
The Dodgers had to work hard to get the win, with the game remaining scoreless until the 10th inning. Facing Steven Wilson in the top 10th, star first baseman Freddie Freeman singled to center with Mookie Betts scoring.
Tommy Kahnle then gave a great pitching performance for the Dodgers in the bottom 10th to finish the job.
“That’s a lot of wins if you really think about it,” Freeman said about the record. “A lot of good things have to happen from a lot of guys. Not just 26 guys, but 40 to 45 guys have to contribute to be able to do that.”
The Dodgers already have the top seed in National League locked up as well, with seven games remaining in the season. If they win them all, the Dodgers will become only the third team to have a .700 win percentage or higher in a 162-game season. The two teams that managed to reach the mark were 1998’s New York Yankees with a 114-48 record and 2001’s Seattle Mariners with a 116-46 record.