Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa On Monday night, before sunset, strong wind gusts started coming from centre field and continued far into the final innings.
They crashed into the dangerous poles, turning Chavez Ravine into a swirling inferno that resembled Candlestick Park or possibly the San Francisco coastline.
Gabe Kapler, the Giants’ manager
Giants manager Gabe Kapler, a native of the San Fernando Valley, said, “I don’t remember a lot of evenings at Dodger Stadium were the wind was blowing like that.”
The Los Angeles Dodgers gave a performance that suggested they were out of their element despite playing at home in a defeat that put them in danger of being eliminated.
Strong Giants Offense
The Dodgers could only generate five singles in Game 3 of the NL Divisional Series, which they lost to the Giants 1-0. In three games against the Giants’ potent offence, which led the NL with 830 runs scored and 237 home runs hit during the regular season, San Francisco has been shut out twice. In the pressure cooker of a best-of-five series, that is a major issue.
Despite the exceptionally strong wind, the Dodgers were sure that they could manage any kind of weather.
After the game, 2-for-4 player Albert Pujols stated, “Hey, it happens.” You are powerless to change that. a pleasant experience. If you think it was freezing, you’ve got to be kidding me. It’s impossible to blame the wind for the fact that we lost the game tonight. Nature, there is no getting around that. You have to respect that.
While winning three NL pennants and one ring over the previous four seasons for the second time in the series, the Dodgers were unable to provide the crucial timely hits or dramatic outbursts that have characterised so much of their postseason success.
Even against the unassuming former Dodger starter Alex Wood, whose fastball seldom exceeded 90 mph, this monster in blue proved unbeatable.
Despite Everything, there were a few Times when the Dodgers Thought their Postseason Serendipity had Returned, only to have it Shattered.
The ninth-inning hero thought he had finally made it when he hit a 106.9 mph drive to centre field and lifted his arm in delight. According to Statcast, home runs will be hit 69% of the time, with an estimated batting average of.890. It was ready to strike the warning track when it was caught by Steven Duggar’s glove.
In the sixth inning, Chris Taylor sent a fly to right-center field with an XBA of.920, which Duggar also managed to catch.
According to Dave Roberts, manager of the Dodgers, both balls were lost in the wind.
According to Roberts, Gavin Lux and CT Balls would have been home runs on any other night. Everything would have been different if these two balls had been there. After all, both teams must adhere to these rules because it is baseball.
Despite LA’s 30 playoff home runs and 101 runs scored, a Game 3 lineup that featured six 2020-bound players was no better than the one that was blanked in the first game of the World Series last year.
The Los Angeles power outage has left the Dodgers in a hazardous situation ahead of Tuesday night’s Game 4. Even if the gusts that bent the palm trees and caused the temperature to decrease weren’t the only cause, it has caused the outage.
The Giants are mostly to blame for the Dodgers’ offensive struggles, especially in the seventh inning.
Two Dodgers were already in scoring position when Mookie Betts blasted a line drive to left field off of former Los Angeles reliever Jake McGee at 100.4 mph. Brandon Crawford, a shortstop out of UCLA, managed to catch it with a well-timed leap.
“Really fantastic at-bat,” Roberts continued, letting off an obvious sigh of dejection. “I’ve got it figured out. Brandon performed a terrific play that we’ve seen before when he was in the correct place.
Crawford caught a hard-hit grounder that would have given Betts the go-ahead run, ending the fifth inning.
Los Angeles failed to take advantage of the few opportunities that presented themselves, going a pitiful 0 for 4 with the bases loaded. Aside from Max Muncy, who has missed the majority of the postseason due to an injury, several other players who have historically been October heroes have lost their playoff mojo.
Max Scherzer, a 37-year-old right-hander who pitched seven innings of three-hit ball with 10 strikeouts despite one particularly ferocious wind partially knocking him off the mound in the first inning, gave the Dodgers precisely what they wanted and anticipated.
Ultimately, Los Angeles’ significant trade deadline acquisition suffered his first defeat while wearing a Dodgers uniform.
After the Dodgers’ gamble to acquire the ace and Trea Turner failed to generate playoff success, Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw, Taylor, and Kenley Jansen, among others, will be a free agent this winter if Los Angeles fails to win two games against San Francisco.