Just like the baseball regular season, a single baseball game takes some time to fully develop. Even enough time to go from villain to hero. That was essentially Gavin Lux’s character arc on Sunday.
In the top of the second, Lux let a routine ground out that would’ve ended the inning dribble between his legs while in the shift. His flub allowed the Phillies to post the first run of the game, plus three more, to race out to a 4-0 lead on starter Michael Grove who was making his Dodgers debut.
The Dodgers clawed back and trailed the Phillies 4-3 heading into the bottom of the ninth. Then, with runners on first and second, none other than Gavin Lux laced a walk off double to right field to snap the Dodgers four-game losing skid.
What a LUX-ury!!!! pic.twitter.com/i4suGjpZmA
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) May 16, 2022
After the game, Lux admitted to not being fully aware of the gravity of the moment as he arrived at second base with Dodger Stadium at full throat (quote via MLB.com’s Megan Garcia).
“I hit second base and I didn’t realize that I kind of forgot that it was the bottom of the ninth, honestly.”
The 24-year-old also talked about a level of guilt from his error that contributed to all four runs the Phillies scored on Sunday.
“I mean, we probably shouldn’t have even been in that situation anyways so kind of had to make up for earlier. ..I think that might be my first walk-off hit in my whole professional career, so it’s a really good feeling.”
Lux and the Dodgers are right back at it tomorrow. They’ll host the Diamondbacks for a four-game set which includes a Tuesday doubleheader.
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