For the first time in history, a team allowed four home runs in an inning during a postseason game. Unfortunately, that team was the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In Game 3 of the NLDS, Lance Lynn allowed four solo home runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning before finally getting pulled. After the game, reporters asked Dodgers manager Dave Roberts about his decision to leave Lynn out there.
“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.”
Roberts did have Caleb Ferguson warming up, but he didn’t want to bring him in against the right-handed batters.
“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.”
Dodger fans shouldn’t blame Roberts. 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, Roberts didn’t want him going against the righties.
Like Doc said, Lynn should have been able to navigate that inning and get out of it with two outs and nobody on.
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 is in the bottom of the 3rd inning.
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