Los Angeles Dodgers are thwarted by “loopy” winds when the San Francisco Giants win third sport due to Evan Longoria HR
LOS ANGELES – Right off the bat, nine innings in a surprisingly actionless game, it seemed like an entire ballpark believed Gavin Lux had pegged the game with his Los Angeles Dodgers to the final.
“My stomach went down quite a bit when it hit him,” said Evan Longoria, the third baseman for the San Francisco Giants.
With no on, two outs and the Dodgers to run, Lux unleashed his best swing on a steep, 160 mph ball from young, electric Camilo Doval, producing a 107 mph line drive with a 22 degree start Angle – a batted ball with an expected batting average of 0.890, the type that made a home run about half the time this season.
But gusts of wind, hovering around 15 mph for most of that Monday evening, knocked the baseball to the ground as it drove into the lower parts of the midfield of Dodger Stadium. Holding on to a 1-0 result, the Giants took a 2-1 lead in this National League best-of-five division series, pushing one of the most talented teams in Dodgers history to the brink of elimination.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pointed to Luxs Drive and another one from Chris Taylor in the sixth – 372 feet, 107 mph – as the guy who would have made “every other night” home runs.
“Those two balls right there – it would have been a different result,” said Roberts. “But those were the elements that both teams had to play with, and that’s baseball.”
High winds whipping around the outfield started about an hour before the first throw and blew so hard that both foul poles swayed all night. Max Scherzer, who ultimately hit 10 thugs in seven innings of a one-run ball, lost his balance noticeably halfway when he met leadoff hitter Tommy La Stella and later said the wind was “moving me towards home plate.” pressed “.
Longoria couldn’t remember stepping out of the batter’s box so many times for fear of being knocked over. His crucial solo homer, leading the fifth – on a 0-2, 96 mph fastball that caught too much of the hitting zone – became the night’s only extra-base hit, despite being recorded as one of 13 balls hit who have traveled at least 100 mph.
Longoria left his racket at 110 mph.
“I thought if the ball didn’t go out tonight,” said Longoria, “I can just redeem it.”
Instead, four days before his 36th birthday, Longoria produced the run that took the 107-win giants one win from eliminating the 106-win Dodgers and catapulting them into the NL championship series. Hoping to do so, the Giants will begin Game 4 with Anthony DeSclafani, who has allowed 22 runs in 27 innings against the Dodgers this season. Roberts said his team was undecided but repeatedly stated that “everything is on the table,” including what would be expected Walker Buehler with three days off.
The Dodgers produced nine of the 13 balls hit over 100 km / h in Game 3, seven of which resulted in outs. Two of them came from Mookie Betts, one of which was a scorching line drive with two outs and the tieing run to base in the seventh inning – another out thanks to a jumping catch from Crawford, a much more agile shortstop into his 34-year-old season.
Crawford, a central figure for the Giants for the past 10 years, played in his 79th game at Dodger Stadium and has never remembered such conditions in any other game.
“I hardly remember there was a light breeze here most nights,” said Crawford. “The wind was definitely pretty crazy tonight and that was certainly a factor in the game.”
The Giants received 14 outs from Alex Wood, a Dodgers clubhouse favorite who helped them win the World Series last year, and then received another five outs from Tyler Rogers. After Jake McGee escaped troubles in the seventh round, Kapler reached out to Doval, the 24-year-old right-handed man who has not allowed a run since his return from the minor leagues in mid-August.
Doval stormed through the top five thugs. Then Lux came and struck the place of the jugs. He got a second straight fastball with a score of 1-0, drove it to the center, and stretched his left arm toward the Dodgers’ shelter in anticipation of a cheer. Steven Duggar raced for the warning trail, lost his footing for a moment when he suddenly moved forward, then secured the hook to the edge of the earth.
Lux stood near first base, mouth open, unable to believe the baseball had stayed in the park.
“I couldn’t believe it couldn’t,” said Longoria. “I think it was just our night.”