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Dodgers News: Freddie Freeman Has Extremely High Praise for Tommy Kahnle

On Wednesday night, the Dodgers won their 107th game, setting a new franchise record for most victories in a season. It was a 1-0 win, with the only run driven in by All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman in the top of the 10th inning. In the bottom of the 10th, Tommy Kahnle came on and locked down his first save as a Dodger, stranding the tying run at third base.

After the game, Dodger insider David Vassegh caught up with Freeman to talk about his night, and the conversation turned to Kahnle. Freeman was impressed, to put it lightly.

“I faced him when he was with the Rockies and a couple of times with the Yankees and that change up is gross. It is really gross and you know it’s coming and you still can’t hit it.

“I’m just so happy for him. When you come back from injury and you work so hard, you come back and then you kind of get a setback. … Just another huge arm.”

In case you didn’t know, “gross” is a good thing these days. (Same with “sick,” “nasty,” and “filthy.”) And you know what? Freddie is absolutely right about Kahnle’s changeup.

Yeah, it’s gross. It’s filthy, nasty, disgusting, sick, and every other descriptor you can think of that means “holy crap, I’m glad he’s on our team.” Kahnle has spent most of the season as a postseason afterthought, a guy you always mention as a possibility to pitch in October if he can ever get healthy. Well, he has a 1.35 ERA since coming back from the IL and he has the fire to pitch in any situation Dave Roberts wants to put him in, so he’s not an afterthought anymore.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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