The star right fielder made his third terrific catch in three days, this time robbing Freddie Freeman of a home run and helping the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 Sunday night in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series.
Los Angeles trailed 3-2 in the fifth inning, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts already had brought on his third pitcher when the Braves made a bid to widen their lead.
Freeman drove a cutter deep to right field, and Betts sprinted to the wall and jumped, just to the side of a credit-card advertisement. His glove above the eight-foot top, he snatched the ball as it was headed over.
Another web gem, perhaps even more impressive than his robberies of Dansby Swanson in Game 5 with a shoestring grab and of Marcell Ozuna in Game 6 against the wall a little bit more toward center.
“I feel like I did something good for the team, even though I hadn’t done too much with the bat,” Betts said before Sunday's game.
His catches kept the Dodgers close, and Los Angeles rallied behind home runs by Kike Hernandez in the sixth and Cody Bellinger in the seventh.
Now it's onto the World Series against Tampa Bay starting Tuesday night, a chance for Betts to get a second ring to add to the jewelry earned with Boston two years ago.
And it's another opportunity for the Dodgers to win their first title since 1988 following losses to Houston in 2017 and the Red Sox in 2018.
Acquired from Boston in a trade before the season, Betts hit .269 (7 for 26) with one RBI against the Braves, part of a frustrating postseason that has included no homers and five RBIs in 45 at-bats despite .a .311 average.
A four-time All-Star former AL MVP and four-time Gold Glover , he rated catches against the wall as superior to the shoe strings.
“Going back is probably more difficult because just all the timing that you have to do and then jumping — staying healthy, too, because I’ve been around that wall and I’ve gotten hurt a couple times,” Betts said.
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