Dodgers: Gavin Lux Explains Awkward Play with AJ Pollock in Left Field
After posting an 8 run 5th inning, the Dodgers absolutely had some wiggle room to play with against the Braves in Atlanta on Friday night. But you never want to give a team free outs. That was sort of the case in the 8th inning with Atlanta at bat.
With two on and two out, reliever Joe Kelly induced a high fly ball down the line in shallow left field that saw Justin Turner, AJ Pollock, and Gavin Lux converging on the play. Lux slipped while trying to corral the out and the ball dropped, allowing a pair of runs to score.
After the game, Lux talked about that play.
[AJ] didn’t hear me and I didn’t hear him. We’re both coming from pretty far away and just didn’t hear each other. With fans back in the stands, I probably got to be louder calling it. Miscommunication.
A sellout crowd of 40,514 were in attendance at Truist Park on Friday.
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Gavin added that while Truist Park was loud, Minute Maid Park in Houston was “by far” the loudest ballpark the team has played at this season as fans made their return to ballgames.
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the best solution for fly balls in between players is not to let them make a call, but use a 3rd party to make the call early and loud. a 3rd party has the best angle to see which player has the best chance to catch the ball. in this case, 3B Turner was in good position to make that call, and if not, then the 2B.