Dodgers: Gavin Lux Breaks One of Cody Bellinger’s Records

At 21 years, and 314 days of age…..

Gavin Lux connects for a pinch hit home run.

Right now, it seems like that Gavin Lux kid may end up pretty good someday, no? After all, he broke a Cody Bellinger postseason record in his first postseason at-bat.

It all took place while pinch-hitting in the bottom of the eighth inning against Washington Nationals’ reliever Hunter Strickland. Notably, Lux was 21 years and 314 days old when it happened.

Of course, that is important to take note of because what happened next was Dodgers’ history. Lux hit a Strickland fastball over the wall in right center to put the Dodgers up 5-0. However, that was the swing that put Lux atop the Los Angeles baseball history books in a category.

Now, he is the youngest Dodgers’ player to ever homer in a postseason game.

By the same token, some of you remember when a younger Bellinger homered in game three of the NLDS back in 2017 against Arizona. On that day, Bellinger was 22 years, 88 days old. Therefore, Lux edges Bellinger out by about 138 days give or take.

Accordingly, let’s watch a little history take place once again:

Obviously, this is a really special moment for Lux, Dodger fans, and the organization as a whole. Sometimes in baseball you’re given some things that foreshadow future greatness. Hence when Lux put a perfect stroke on a Strickland upper 90’s heater the first time he stepped on the field in the postseason – I would say it counts as symbolic.

Finally, Lux did it at Chavez Ravine; which definitely has it’s place in a big moment. Let’s be honest – if this happens in some road park – it’s not quite the marquee moment we will all remember it as.

It was the perfect exclamation mark on a complete Los Angeles Dodgers win to begin the postseason. We will always remember Lux’s first postseason homer, which is now Dodgers’ official history.

Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. Which other Dodger has hit a pinch hit home run in their first AB in a playoff game. ? And have any other Dodger’s hit a home run in their first AB in a playoff game ? Thanks, Michael

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