Originally published by DodgerBlue.com
The Los Angeles Dodgers are in the midst of a hot stretch of play, seeing solid production from both their pitchers and lineup to fuel a continued togetherness they’ve shown on the field.
Leading the National League West over the San Francisco Giants, while simultaneously separating themselves from the Arizona Diamondbacks, has been among the Dodgers’ latest accomplishments. A knack for grinding out wins has highlighted the gritty nature of this group, which was the driving force behind some tough wins in their series over the San Diego Padres this past weekend.
The freight train celebration seen by Dodgers players has been combined with the team doing the ‘Freddie’, a combo that signals an extra-base hit or just a simple rallying gesture.
Mookie Betts is one of the veteran leaders on the team, and he attributed their success to a consistent approach to grinding, while enjoying each opportunity, per Juan Toribio of MLB.com:
“We just don’t give up,” Betts said. “We have to play all nine innings. Anything can happen at any given time, and we all know that. We’ve been around for a while, and the young guys are kind of taking to it. We have fun. That’s the main thing. We have fun playing the game.”
James Outman, Bobby Miller and others continue to be regular contributors early in their respective careers. All the while David Peralta, Jason Heyward, J.D. Martinez and Kiké Hernández are veteran players having their own unique impact.
A lively approach to in-game success is easily found when panning to the dugout following a base hit, which is a likely reason why this Dodgers team feels they’re never out of a game.
Dodgers among baseball’s best in comeback wins
The Dodgers capitalized on a strong showing in their series against the Padres that was capped off with a knockout win on Monday when they came back from a 5-0 deficit early on.
They would go on to score 13 unanswered runs after the third inning, winning the game 13-7. It marked another come-from-behind win, putting them in the upper half of NL teams in comeback wins.
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