Fans Left Stunned by Wind Denying Gavin Lux a Crucial Home Run For the Los Angeles Dodgers

Published 10/12/2021, 10:45 AM EDT
Oct 11, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Gavin Lux (9) reacts after the defeat against the San Francisco Giants during game three of the 2021 NLDS at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports


Game 3 of the National League Division Series saw an intense battle ensue between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants yesterday. Despite the series shifting to Dodger Stadium, the reigning World Series champions failed to capitalise as the Giants recorded a narrow 1-0 victory.

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Although the Dodgers failed to score a run, a moment in the final inning shocked millions across the world. With the match on the line, Gavin Lux struck a pitch from Camilo Doval which seemed to head for the stands. However, gusty winds saw the ball drop straight into the hands of Steven Duggar, leaving the Dodgers in awe.

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Social media went into a frenzy following the game, with fans getting creative in expressing their reactions.

Fans rect to Gavin Lux missing out on a home run

The first two games of the best-of-five series saw both teams clinch a win each in Oracle Park. In yesterday’s game, both teams found it difficult to get any runs on the board. In addition, the strong 15mph winds weren’t doing any favors for either team.

Just before the very first pitch of the game, Max Scherzer lost balance due to the wind. After much strife, Evan Longoria scored the first run of the game with a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning. In the final inning, Lux stepped up to the plate as the Giants recorded two outs.

He smashed a pitch from Doval with a speeded of 106.9mph at a launch angle of 22 degrees. More often than not, a hit like that results in a multiple-base hit. In fact, some Giants players even thought Lux’s hit would be a game-tying home run.

However, that didn’t turn out to be the case, as the Dodgers fell behind in the series. Fans gave a wide range of reactions to the incident on Twitter. While some got creative, others failed to believe its occurrence.

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Can the Los Angeles Dodgers save their season in Game 4?

Today, the Dodgers find themselves in a do-or-die situation in front of their fans at the Dodger Stadium. Should they lose, we are not only guaranteed to have a new name on the National League Pennant, but the World Series as well.

Oct 11, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) bunts and advances first baseman Albert Pujols (55) to second against the San Francisco Giants in the third inning during game three of the 2021 NLDS at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

They can take heart from the fact that they restricted the Giants to scoring just one run in Game 3. However, their hitters need to step up their game if they want to avoid ending their title defence at home today.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 & US Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He began following F1 since 2010, which made him an instant Sebastian Vettel fan. His favorite tracks on the calendar include Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco and Monza.

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