The San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 in Game 3 of the NLDS to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. San Francisco got a home run from Evan Longoria vs Max Scherzer, fantastic pitching (Alex Wood threw 4 2/3 scoreless as the starter), and Brandon Crawford saved a run (maybe more) with an incredible defensive play.

They also got some help from wind at Dodger Stadium.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the Dodgers’ Gavin Lux hit what he was sure was a game-tying home run. Lux crushed a 106.9 mph flyball deep to left-center field, but the ball died on the warning track for a game-ending out.

That certainly looked good off the bat, and hitters tend to have a pretty good idea of when they got all of one, especially in the home ballpark. And the batted ball data suggests that kind of flyball is indeed usually a home run. A very unfortunate result for Lux and the Dodgers.

But, that’s how it goes sometimes (and *a lot* at Wrigley Field, for example), and the wind impacted some flyballs the Giants hit too.

San Francisco will take it, and now they’ll take their shot at winning the series with two chances to work with. The Giants can close out the NLDS with a victory in Game 4 on Tuesday in Los Angeles, and if that fails, they’d at least get the series back in San Francisco for a Game 5.

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