LOS ANGELES – Unusual weather for Southern California gripped Dodger Stadium Monday night in Game 3 of the National League Division Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants. The weather forecast called for a wind chill of 17 degrees Celsius with 12-kilometer-per-hour winds at the property, so the weather ended up being a factor against the home team in the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the Giants.
“Any other night the hits by (Gavin) Lux or CT (Chris Taylor) would have been home runs. It was a big factor (the wind), those two balls would have been a different result, but they are the elements that the two teams faced and that’s how baseball is, ”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after the loss.
In the ninth low, an incredulous Gavin Lux saw the last out fall as he hoped for the tying home run after hitting a 106.9 mph hit at a 22-degree angle. Dodgers had four such hits on the season, all of them home runs.
The offense was not the only one that suffered conditions, as Max Scherzer also had to adjust on the mound to the challenge that the wind presented.
“I made adjustments, I was able to get through the first inning, then the wind, I didn’t realize how much it would affect me, it was pushing me towards home plate, it was very strong tonight. In the second inning I thought I had found a rhythm, I threw, I had five and that made a good start. In the postseason you can lose by a pitch, it’s part of and today we lost by a pitch, ”Scherzer shared after the game.
Max Scherzer scored his first loss as a Dodgers player and although it was a very good start, with 7 innings pitched, allowing only one run and 3 hits, striking out 10 batters, Evan Longoria’s solo home run was the difference. Giants favor.
“You have to figure out why I didn’t execute that pitch and turn the page and move on, it sucks, but that’s right,” said a serious Scherzer.
The Dodgers offense could not back up what the bullpen did, but it was the San Francisco pitchers who took the palms with a great job from Alex Wood, Tyler Rogers, Jake McGee and Camilo Doval to secure the victory, in addition to the great Brandon Crawford caught Mookie Betts.
“Of course we stayed at zero, but there were good at-bats, Mookie (Betts), the two balls that I thought were home runs, in general I think there were good opportunities and we did not get the reward. Collectively I think we did a good job, “said Roberts.
The Los Angeles Dodgers once again received incredible support from the home crowd with a full 53,299 fans present, but now the series is in favor of San Francisco 2-1 and this Tuesday will be a decisive game for the reigning champions. who will seek to get hold of the locality to force the fifth of the Series.
“We have too many veterans in the team, you have to play the ball and enjoy it as we have done the whole year. We cannot lose tomorrow and we must try to force the fifth, the expectation is to continue with that preparation and do everything to win, ”said Albert Pujols, who started a playoff game seven years later.
Anthony DeSclafani will take the mound to start Game 4 for the Giants, while the Dodgers have not defined their starter. “It’s all on the table,” Dave Roberts said, including sending Walker Buehler on short rest.
The weather could improve for Tuesday with lower winds, according to the weather forecast.
“It is part of the game, it cannot be controlled. It is what it is, we cannot blame the wind because we lost, it is Mother Nature, part of the game and we have to respect it ”, concluded Pujols.