Sure, it would’ve helped if the Los Angeles Dodgers scored more runs … but it also would’ve helped if second baseman Gavin Lux didn’t have two of the worst defensive misplays fans have seen in quite a while.
That wasn’t all, though. The Dodgers left seven runners on base Thursday afternoon against the New York Mets and Lux stranded five of them. He had one opportunity to break the game open and another to redeem himself … but grounded out to first and then struck out.
It happens. Simply a bad day at the office. But fans aren’t exactly pleased because what seemed to be a lackadaisical effort on a defensive play at second derailed what was shaping up to be a promising afternoon.
On a Starling Marte grounder to lead off the sixth inning, Lux took his time getting to the ball and then pretty much lobbed a throw over to Freddie Freeman while Marte was busting it up the first base line.
What was somehow ruled an infield single started a two-run Mets rally to erase the Dodgers’ 2-1 lead.
Gavin Lux’s terrible afternoon cost the Dodgers against the Mets
That wasted Clayton Kershaw’s impressive return from the IL. The left-hander, after a rocky start in the first inning where he allowed a run on three walks and a hit, rebounded to finish with four straight scoreless innings and didn’t allow a single baserunner. At least that’s the good news we got for ya!
After that first Lux misplay, the wheels came off, and he made another blunder in the seventh. Caleb Ferguson thought he was out of the inning after inducing a pop-up off the bat of Brandon Nimmo with two outs, but it seems Lux miscommunicated with Mookie Betts or lost the ball in the air. It dropped on the right field grass and scored a run, and then the Mets scored again on a Marte single to make it 5-2, all but officially putting the game out of reach.
The Mets took the season series 4-3, and now fans are wondering if this will be a nightmarish playoff matchup when October rolls around.