Dodgers: Gavin Lux violently crashes into wall and leaves before epic comeback
What a rollercoaster Wednesday night it was for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Max Scherzer got knocked around and blew a 5-1 lead early on. Then the Dodgers found themselves down 9-5 heading into the seventh.
When all was said and done, LA scored six unanswered runs, five of which came in the bottom of the eighth, to steal the 11-9 victory and keep pace with the San Francisco Giants in the NL West (even though a division title is looking less likely by the day).
Scherzer’s second straight poor outing after his first near-spotless nine with the Dodgers was definitely a concern, but the biggest blow came in the top of the sixth when Gavin Lux attempted to track down a deep fly ball off the bat of Wil Myers.
The ball hit his glove, popped out, and the Lux crashed into the wall face-first. The Padres took the lead on Myers’ RBI triple and Lux was forced to leave the game with a neck injury.
Gavin Lux’s injury could hurt the Dodgers heading into the playoffs.
We’ll likely learn more about the severity of Lux’s injury on Thursday, but this spreads the Dodgers even thinner as we approach the postseason, which really doesn’t make manager Dave Roberts’ job any easier.
Lux, since being recalled on Sept. 10 and missing significant time between the end of July and end of August, has been starting in the outfield and actually producing at the plate. In his 16 games this month, he’s hit .367 with a .976 OPS in 58 plate appearances while providing adequate defense in center and left. He also has more walks (eight) than strikeouts (seven) over that span.
It seemed as if he was beginning to find his groove, but once again his 2021 will likely be interrupted with a neck issue.
In the meantime, it looks like Cody Bellinger will fill in, but how effective will he be after what we’ve seen from him this year (in addition to his rib injury still affecting him)? His game-tying homer on Wednesday notwithstanding, there hasn’t been a lot to like from his 2021 campaign.
The Dodgers will get by against the lowly Pads and coasting Brewers, but the team may have lost a key piece that all of a sudden looked like he could make a postseason impact in his new role.