The Los Angeles Dodgers already have the best record in the MLB and were looking to continue their string of dominance against division rival the Arizona Diamondbacks. The D-Backs have been one of the most disappointing teams in baseball this year and are dead last in a competitive division while the Dodgers are sitting strong up on top. The Dodgers and D-Backs met for their final series of the year in Arizona with the Dodgers winning the season series 7-1.
The D-Backs took a promising 5-1 lead in the 3rd inning with home runs from C, Daulton Varsho, and RF, Kole Calhoun. Both teams would score once more to make it a 6-2 game heading into the 7th inning. The Dodgers rallied against D-Backs relievers Joe Mantiply and Stefan Crichton to tie the game at 6-6. The game would stay tied and the D-Backs had a chance to walk off, but OF Tim Locastro was caught trying to advance to home plate on a wild throw causing the game to move to extra innings.
In the 10th inning, the Dodgers started OF, A.J. Pollock, on second base. After 1B, Max Muncy, walked, Pollack scored on a fielding error by D-Backs’ 3B Eduardo Escobar on a ball hit by UTL Chris Taylor, which also advanced Muncy to 2nd base. With runners now on first and second, rookie Gavin Lux stepped up to plate. Lux crushed a ball to right field to hit a three run homerun which lead the Dodgers to a 10-6 lead.
After the D-Backs rallied to 10-9, Jansen was able to close the game.
Gavin Lux is ranked as the #2 overall prospect in all of baseball and was a popular pick for NL Rookie of the Year. Unfortunately, things have not gone Lux’s way in 2020. He had a promising start as a September call-up in 2019 but has so far failed to follow up this year. He arrived late to Summer Camp for undisclosed reasons and was sent down to the Dodgers’ alternate training site prior to Opening Day. Lux was called back up after 3B Justin Turner went on the IL. Ever since coming back to the majors, Lux has been struggling immensely. He had only 4 hits in his first 27 at-bats with 0 home runs and a .148 batting average.
Lux’s breakout game finally shows the talent that the Dodgers were hoping to get from him and why he’s ranked and hyped as much as he is. With the Dodgers having a World Series or bust attitude this season, Lux’s talent, as shown in this game, will be a great asset for them going forward.