Despite the Dodgers still being in 2nd place, you’ve got to admire September baseball. While other division races have long been settled, the wild NL West is still a two-horse race. It’s seemed the Dodgers could never catch a break as the Giants have found ways to win and spoil many chances for the Dodgers to gain ground.
However, after Los Angeles emerged victorious, the Giants wound up losing and moved the Dodgers back to within a game of 1st place. Not only that, but the win should prove to be a moral booster and serve as a reminder that this ball club can still fight to the very end.
Dave Roberts commented on just how important of a win it was for his team.
“It was a big one. We always say in baseball that every win is big, but where we’re at, nine games left, it’s a big one. It was just a contribution from so many guys.”
One of those guys was Max Muncy. After Trea Turner tied up the game in the top of the 9th, Muncy then stepped up to the plate and hit a go-ahead two-run home run, his 35th of the year, to deep center field. That would prove to be all that was needed as Blake Treinen came in to close things out and seal the win. Muncy also talked about the impact a come from being win can work in their favor.
“Something like that can have momentum. We know we’re a great team, we know we can comeback from any situation, and we know we can win any game. Sometimes when you have a come from behind win like that, it reaffirms it and gets it fresh in people’s minds. It can really affect the next couple of games.”
With only 9 more games left on the schedule and 1 game separating the Giants and Dodgers, they’ll need all the momentum they can get in order to launch themselves past San Francisco and avoid the Wild Card game with the St. Louis Cardinals.