Lux sets career high with five RBIs

Dodgers No. 13 prospect finishes triple shy of cycle

Gavin Lux did not hit his first home run last season until June 10 with Class A Great Lakes. (Jerry Espinoza/MiLB.com)

By Chris Bumbaca / MiLB.com | April 28, 2018 1:25 AM ET

Gavin Lux hadn't driven in a run in his previous five games for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga.

On Friday, the Dodgers' No. 13 prospect plated one run for each one of those games on a career night, going 3-for-5 with a homer and a double as the Quakes outslugged the JetHawks, 14-9, at The Hangar. 

"Just kind of stuck with my plan and approach that I set before the game and stuck to it," Lux said. "Got some opportunities to get some RBIs, some other teammates getting hits and getting on base. Overall, it was a good night."


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After striking out in his first at-bat, Lux yanked a double to right field off Lancaster starter Matt Dennis with one out in the third. Dennis caught the 20-year-old looking to end the fourth, but it marked the final time Lux would be retired.

Hamlet Marte led off the sixth with a single and Lux promptly plated him, hammering the first pitch he saw from reliever Heath Holder over the right-center field wall for his first homer of the season.

"It's always good to get that [first home run] out of the way," he said. "It felt good. Lancaster's always a little friendly, too." 

Lux capitalized on a middle-in fastball, which was exactly the pitch he was looking for when he went up to the plate.

"They were kind of pounding me in all night," the Kenosha, Wisconsin, native said. "Going up there, I was just thinking about cheating to a first-pitch fastball in and I got it. It was just sticking to the plan and approach, and it paid off." 

An inning later, the 2016 first-round pick stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and watched all four pitches go by to add an RBI. Lux reached the career high with a two-run single on a line drive up the middle off Juan Pena in the eighth. 

A 1-for-20 start at the plate marred the early going for Lux, who has turned it around and is batting .286 with an .807 OPS. Lux said he's been consistent with his routine and video work throughout the season, save for a couple of adjustments he and hitting coach Justin Viele made during pregame drills in the cage. The shortstop may not produce at the level he did Friday every night, but achieving consistency is a goal.

"Just pretty much staying consistent and trying to be the same person every night," he said.  

The shortstop sparked an explosive offense as the Quakes racked up 16 hits, despite striking out 17 times. Dodgers No. 14 prospect Cristian Santana and 30th-ranked Rylan Bannon went yard, with Bannon homering for the fourth time in five games.

"Hitting's contagious," Lux said. "There's a lot of guys on our team who can really hit. It makes my job easier when you got guys on second and third and less than two outs. It makes it a lot easier and it makes it fun." 

Despite hitting leadoff, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound prospect wants to keep driving in his teammates. 

"Like I said before, pretty much 1-9, everybody on this team can hit," Lux said. "So if guys are getting on ... the only thought I got, really, is just trying to get them in any way I can." 

Rockies No. 4 prospect Colton Welker went 2-for-5 with an RBI for the JetHawks. 

Chris Bumbaca is a contributor for MiLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter @BOOMbaca. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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