10/12/21 LOS ANGELES, CA -- Flying debris caused by heavy wind gusts caused the Los Angeles Dodgers to not see clearly, as their offense went missing and San Francisco Giants slugger Evan Longoria capitalized in the fifth inning for the game's only scoring run.
Game 3 of the NLDS was a pitcher's classic between former Dodger and current Giants starter Alex Wood and Dodgers starter Max Scherzer. For the first five innings, both starters gave their opponents their best heat on the mound. Scherzer got ahead of Longoria in the count with two strikes, however, the one pitch that got away, he left it over the plate for Longoria to devour.
"I was trying to go fastball up, trying to get above the zone, probably didn't get above the zone," Scherzer said postgame. "But it is what it is. You got to figure out why you didn't execute that pitch and then turn the page and move on. It sucks, but you get to the post-season you can always lose by one pitch."
For Longoria, it was his first postseason home run since 2013 when he played for the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS.
"Yeah, I mean, I wasn't quite sure that it was going to go out. I mean, the conditions tonight were crazy," Longoria explained. "I mean, we were talking about it coming over. It's like, I don't think I stepped out of the box as many times in my career as I have mid-at-bat tonight. A couple of times I felt like I was going to get blown over by the wind, a lot of dust in the eyes. And so it was definitely a little bit more difficult environment to hit in and play in tonight."
The Dodgers had a few opportunities to score, in the bottom of the sixth inning with a runner on base, Chris Taylor connected on a hit deep to center. However thanks to the wind, Giants Steven Duggar caught the ball near the wall for the out.
After a masterful pitching performance in the top of the ninth by closer Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers had one last opportunity to tie the game or win. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Gavin Lux came in to pinch-hit and connected on a strong hit off of Giants reliever Camilo Dovalwent no further than the warning track for the third out and the end of the game.
The weather played a significant factor in the outcome of this game, however, Los Angeles would not make excuses for the loss.
"The wind was a huge factor," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "But those are the elements that both teams had to play with and that's baseball."
The Giants lead the series 2-1 and will play Game 4 on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. Giants manager Gabe Kapler and Roberts have yet to name their starters for the game. The first pitch for Game 4 will start at 6:07 PM PT. For more photos from this game, click on the link below. #mlb #ladodgers #maxscherzer #sanfranciscogiants #losangelesdodgers #tgsportsv1 #evanlongoria