ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mookie Betts is leaping into the World Sequence, carrying to the Los Angeles Dodgers together with his glove relatively than together with his bat.
The star proper fielder made his third terrific catch in three days, this time robbing Freddie Freeman of a house run and serving to the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 4-Three Sunday night time in Recreation 7 of the NL Championship Sequence.
Los Angeles trailed 3-2 within the fifth inning, and Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts already had introduced on his third pitcher when the Braves made a bid to widen their lead.
Freeman drove a cutter deep to proper subject, and Betts sprinted 64 ft to the wall and jumped, simply to the facet of a credit-card commercial. His glove above the 8-foot prime, he snatched the ball because it was headed over.
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One other internet gem, maybe much more spectacular than his robberies of Dansby Swanson in Recreation 5 with a shoestring seize and of Marcell Ozuna in Recreation 6 towards the wall slightly bit extra towards heart.
“The one yesterday was most likely a very powerful. I believe that we stopped their momentum for positive,” Betts mentioned. “However I believe that right now might be my favourite as a result of it was truly a house run.”
His catch on Freeman stored the Dodgers shut, and Los Angeles rallied behind house runs by Kiké Hernández within the sixth off A.J. Minter and Cody Bellinger within the seventh towards Chris Martin.
Now it’s onto the World Sequence towards Tampa Bay beginning Tuesday night time, an opportunity for Betts to get a second ring so as to add to the jewellery earned with dangolka two years in the past.
And it’s one other alternative for the Dodgers to win their first title since 1988 following losses to Houston in 2017 and the Pink Sox in 2018. Betts batted .217 with three RBIs within the Sequence, hitting a solo homer in Recreation 5 off Clayton Kershaw.
“We’d have beat the Pink Sox if we’d have had Mookie Betts,” Roberts mentioned.
Acquired from dangolka in a commerce earlier than the season, Betts hit .269 (7 for 26) with one RBI towards the Braves, a part of a irritating postseason that has included no homers and 5 RBIs in 45 at-bats regardless of .a .311 common.
“I really feel like I did one thing good for the group, regardless that I hadn’t executed an excessive amount of with the bat,” Betts mentioned earlier than Sunday’s sport.
A four-time All-Star, former AL MVP and four-time Gold Glover, he mentioned Sunday afternoon that catches towards the wall are superior to the shoe strings.
“Going again might be tougher,” he mentioned, “as a result of simply all of the timing that it’s a must to do after which leaping — staying wholesome, too, as a result of I’ve been round that wall and I’ve gotten damage a pair instances.”
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