Friday, December 3

Dodgers, the Giants couldn’t believe Gavin Lux’s fly ball wasn’t a game-tying home run: ‘He got every piece of that ball.’



The Dodgers had their last out in Game 3 of the NLDS when Gavin Lux hit a ball that looked destined to be a game-tying home run from the bat.

There was only one problem. It was a windy night in Los Angeles and the breeze was blowing hard as Lux’s punch sailed into deep left center field. Ultimately, he dropped the ball, made it playable for the center fielder, and gave the Giants a 2-1 series lead over their NL West rivals.

Lux clearly thought the ball had gone off the bat. He even celebrated it and pointed it out as he flew into the gardens. But ultimately, it became a highly unlikely outing for the Dodgers.

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How unlikely was Lux’s hit? The Dodgers second baseman hit the pitch with a muzzle velocity of 106.9 mph and a pitch angle of 22 degrees. As ESPN’s Jeff Passan explained, the balls that hit so hard at that angle in 2021 were 88.7 percent hits.

Meanwhile, Mike Petriello of MLB.com reported that balls hit that way are home runs a whopping 69 percent of the time.

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As such, it’s understandable why Lux thought he had a home run. The members of both teams thought that he had reached the goal with the tying blow.

“He got all the ball,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. “I think any other night, the [Chris Taylor] ball and Gavin Lux’s ball would have been home runs. “

“My stomach almost sank when he hit him,” Giants third baseman Evan Longoria said. “I couldn’t believe it wasn’t like that [go out]But I guess it was our night tonight. “

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However, Giants pitcher Camilo Doval, who closed the game by pitching two innings for San Francisco, was confident that Lux’s blast would fall short and give the Giants victory even after that tough contact.

“I didn’t think it was going to be a home run because of the wind,” Doval said. “When I saw that the ball was going in that direction, I thought the wind was going to knock it down.”

In fact, it did. Now, San Francisco has to win just one more game to knock out the team with the second-best record in baseball and advance to the National League for the first time since its winning 2014 World Series campaign.




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