Giants, Dodgers In Disbelief Luxs Ball Was Caught, Not Homer

LOS ANGELES -- One by one, Giants and Dodgers walked into the interview room and joined sides for a moment. When it came to the final play of Monday night's thriller, they all generally saw it the same way. 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the ball Gavin Lux crushed to the track was "a no-doubter" in normal circumstances. Gabe Kapler described it as "hammered." Evan Longoria and Brandon Crawford, sitting side by side, said they both thought it was a game-tying homer.

And then there was Camilo Doval, the 24-year-old who was the calmest person at Dodger Stadium as the ball left Lux's bat at 106.9 mph with a 22-degree launch angle that would have made it a hit 89 percent of the time, and a homer nearly that often. That vibe carried over into his first career press conference. 

"I didn't think it was going to be a home run because of the wind," Doval said. "When I saw the ball going that way, I thought the wind was going to knock it down."

It did, clinching a 1-0 win that gave the Giants a two-games-to-one lead in this best-of-five series. The gusts started to pick up about an hour before the first pitch at Dodger Stadium, and by the time Tommy La Stella dug in to face Max Scherzer, longtime Dodgers employees were already convinced that this was the windiest night in the stadium's long history. The wind blew at 20-40 mph in the Los Angeles area at times, and it was particularly fierce early in Monday's game. 


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