Los Angeles Times
DODGERS CLINCH PLAYOFF BERTH
With a win and losses by Padres and Reds, they make postseason but still trail Giants.
The Dodgers became the second team to clinch a postseason berth in 2021, officially extending their streak of playoff appearances to nine seasons, with their 8-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday.
It’s a checkpoint just 10 of 30 clubs will reach. They rather would have waited another day.
The Dodgers sealed their spot Tuesday because the San Diego Padres lost to the San Francisco Giants, the club the Dodgers are still chasing for the coveted National League West title. As a result, instead of gaining a game on the Giants in the standings, the Dodgers remained 21⁄2 games behind their rivals to the north in the division race with 16 games remaining in the regular season.
The context produced a muted acknowledgment on the field after Kenley Jansen got Christian Walker to ground out to end the game. The big screens overlooking the diamond displayed a graphic announcing the accomplishment. Below, players and coaches went through their usual handshake line. They didn’t dog pile.
“It’s a special moment, to be able to get to the postseason for, what is it, nine years in a row now?” Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy said. “It’s quite an accomplishment. You can’t take the postseason for granted. It’s a special moment, and everyone’s excited about it.”
In the clubhouse, the team was given blue “Built for October” T-shirts and gathered for a champagne toast. Manager Dave Roberts and third baseman Justin Turner relayed two messages.
“You don’t ever want to get jaded and not appreciate getting to the postseason because it’s not a rite of passage,” Roberts said. “We also acknowledged that we have a lot of work to do and that this is just the beginning.”
The day began with the Dodgers (93-53) needing a