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.
Look, you'll never catch me saying the phrase "Poor Trent Grisham," but rewatching how overmatched he was by Tommy Kahnle's changeup is as close as I've come. pic.twitter.com/ayQM75VvHM
— Jeff J. Snider (@snidog) September 30, 2022
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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