In a stunning turn of events during Game 3 of the NLDS, the Los Angeles Dodgers found themselves on the wrong side of history. For the first time ever in postseason play, a team allowed four home runs in a single inning. Unfortunately, that team was none other than the usually formidable Los Angeles Dodgers.
- Lance Lynn faced a nightmare inning during Game 3 of the NLDS when he allowed four solo home runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning before being pulled from the game.
- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts faced questions about his decision to leave Lynn on the mound despite having Caleb Ferguson warming up.
- Roberts defended his choice, explaining that he didn’t want Ferguson to face the right-handed batters who were dominating the inning.
In a post-game interview, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts shed light on his decision to leave Lance Lynn on the mound despite the disastrous inning. Roberts acknowledged that he did have Caleb Ferguson warming up in the bullpen, but he faced a tough dilemma. The right-handed batters on the opposing team were on a home run spree, and Roberts didn’t want to expose Ferguson to them.
Roberts stated, “The game got out of hand so fast that it was doubtful Ferguson could have been warm and ready to go before the third home run. Even if he was, I didn’t want him going against the righties.”
Adding to the complexity of the situation, Lynn was expected to navigate through the inning smoothly. As Roberts pointed out, “Lynn should have been able to navigate that inning and get out of it with two outs and nobody on.”
“I had some guys ready. Obviously I can’t predict the future. I try not to be reactionary and get ahead of things. I just can’t predict the future. The way he was throwing the baseball, I didn’t expect that,” Roberts said. “You’ve got two outs and a low-pitch count, and you figure that this run of right-handed hitters, you’ve got to be able to navigate it somewhat with two outs, nobody on base. Then two homers later you’re down 4-0.”
Ultimately, the Dodgers’ struggles in Game 3 extended beyond that fateful 3rd inning. While the four home runs were a shocking moment in postseason history, the Dodgers’ inability to generate enough offense throughout the game played a significant role in their loss. As Roberts noted, “At the end of the day, if the Dodgers offense came through on Wednesday, the Dodgers wouldn’t have lost the game. They didn’t lose it in the bottom of the 3rd inning.”
In this historic NLDS Game 3, the Dodgers faced adversity that will be remembered for years to come. While the four home runs in a single inning were unprecedented, the team must regroup and refocus as they look to bounce back and secure a postseason victory.
“To have Caleb come at (Tommy) Pham or (Christian) Walker or (Lourdes) Gurriel or (Gabriel) Moreno, that wasn’t going to happen,” Roberts said. “I think sometimes you’ve still got to trust the players to go out there and execute. And so just tonight we just didn’t get that start.”
This unexpected turn of events has undoubtedly left Dodgers fans and baseball enthusiasts alike eagerly awaiting the next chapter in this thrilling playoff series. The question now remains: can the Dodgers overcome this historic setback and reclaim their postseason momentum? Only time will tell.
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