With the season on the line and a 0-2 deficit in the National League Division Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers turned to trade deadline acquisition Lance Lynn. Lynn was following two disastrous pitching performances to start the series and was looking to give the Dodgers their first win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the series.
Things started well for Lynn as he worked the first 1-2-3 inning by a Dodgers starter in the series. After allowing two two-out hits in the second, Lynn was able to strike out Evan Longoria to get out of the jam.
Then the Lance Lynn that Dodgers fans were afraid of showed up in the third inning. Lynn, who led Major League Baseball in home runs allowed this season, allowed four solo home runs in the bottom of the third inning to give the Dodgers yet another deficit to climb out of.
Worst of all, the fourth home run by Gabriel Moreno was overturned as it was ruled foul. After a quick crew chief review, Moreno came back to the plate and blasted a no-doubter to chase Lynn out of the game.
Lance Lynn allows history during self-destruction for the Dodgers
Not only was this predictable and embarrassing for Dodgers fans to watch, but it was also a piece of MLB history. In the long history of the game there has never been a team that has hit four home runs in a single inning in the playoffs. That streak ended on Wednesday night thanks to Lynn, who really allowed five hard-hit balls to leave the yard.
The Dodgers now find themselves in another hole to dig out of it and it is impossible to blame fans for losing hope. This team has shown absolutely no heart in the NLDS so far. This team has shut down every single time it has been faced with adversity, dating back to last year's NLDS against the San Diego Padres.
If the Dodgers do not come back to extend their season then this year's NLDS will be remembered as the series where the starting pitching let the team down. While that is undoubtedly a big part of the equation, a true playoff team would battle back from adversity.
The Dodgers, unfortunately, have not been a good playoff team.