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Dodgers: Gavin Lux Takes Noah Syndergaard Deep

Dodgers defeat the Mets 9-2, in the opener.

Gavin Lux at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers started off a 3-game series against the Mets tonight, in New York. It was the clash of the aces, with Clayton Kershaw on the mound against Noah Syndergaard. The Mets struck early with a 1-0 lead after the 1st inning. In the 4th inning, the Dodgers’ bats came alive as they notched 4-runs. In the 7th inning, the Dodgers pulled away, scoring 3 more runs, and defeating the Mets 9-2.

The offense was led by Gavin Lux who had a great game. He had 2 hits — including his 2nd career home run — and 3 RBI in 4 at-bats. He’s building on an already impressive start to this road trip for the Dodgers. Lux is 6-13 with 2 HR and 5 RBI on this road trip, so far.

The home run on Friday night is notable as it was hit off of New York ace Noah Syndergaard.

Following the win, Lux caught up with SportsNet LA anchor, Alanna Rizzo about the team’s outing.

Lux on hitting a 3-run HR:

”It was kind of a hanging curveball…I was just looking up and in and I got a pitch there…obviously the guys who got on before me, made it happen too, so it was great.”

Gavin on the quickness of his bat:

“Almost need to slow down sometimes…not get too pole happy, or try to hit HR’s.”

Lux on any additional pressure playing behind Clayton Kershaw:

”No, it’s honestly really fun, he throws strikes, he pounds the zone, he competes, and he makes it easy to play defense behind him…you know what you’re going to get every time.”

Lux on playing in New York for the first time in his Major League career:

”It was awesome, the atmosphere was great…the fans were loud…I enjoyed it a lot, it was a cool atmosphere, it was different for sure.”

On a day where Los Angeles got the injured Max Muncy back in the lineup, the rookie stepped up big as he continues to push for a playoff roster spot. Moreover, with Alex Verdugo likely not available for the first round of the playoffs, Lux’s path to October play becomes a little more clear.

He’s gotten his average back up to .273 after a 1-18 skid, and brought his wRC+ up to 121 on the season.

Written by Levon Satamian

My name is Levon Satamian. I am currently attending Cal State Northridge, and majoring in Broadcast Journalism.

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  1. If Verdugo unfortunately may not be ready for the playoffs Lux looks like he can do the job,I know he has been there a short time( majors) but has been killing the ball in the minors.We will see.Good luck !

  2. Watching that game last night and seeing that “Deluxe G Lux’ shot off the fence did my heart good. I know that is just his second home run, but I can’t help but get excited about this kid. If he can continue to be successful, that gives the Dodgers a new STARTING second baseman…….one thing is for sure……..the kid can hit…….his defense is still an uncertainty. But think about it, a new starting 2nd baseman, a new CF (Verdugo), a new catcher (Smith)……..the Dodgers have a rookie crop this season that rivals the early ’70’s Campanis/Alston/Lasorda’s Spokane/Albuquerque Duke days……..this is a real bumper crop of kids happening before our very eyes……..and the teams is winning more games than any team in Dodgers history while it’s happening?…..then consider I have not mentioned Edwin Rios, Dustin May, Matt Beaty OR Yadier Alvarez (who they GAVE to the Astros)……….people in Houston LOVE Alvarez, many are touting him for rookie of the year in the AL.

      • Sorry!………had Molina on my mind from something I was reading about the Cardinals current run. Hope everyone knew who I meant.

    • And it’s important to note that he CAN compete against LHP. Besides his 1st MLB HR coming off a 99 MPH FB off a LHP, in OKC, he was hitting .381 against LHP (16 for 42). And it is kind of important for him so he does not end up being platooned and CAN start most games at 2B next year.

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