Gusty winds sweep Dodger Stadium for Game 3 of NLCS

October 15, 2018
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Fans try to catch balls as the wind blows during batting practice before Game 3 of the National League Championship Series baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Strong wind gusts are raking Dodger Stadium ahead of Game 3 in the National League Championship Series.

The first fall Santa Ana winds arrived on Monday. The warm, sustained gusts blow from the desert to the ocean, but rarely affect the stadium on the northern edge of downtown Los Angeles.

During batting practice, the flags in center field blew in with the temperature around 80 degrees (26 Celsius).

Palm trees in the outfield waved in the wind.

Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes describes it as one of the windier days he’s experienced at the stadium. Teammate Chris Taylor says the wind is knocking balls to the right a bit, but he expects the wind to die down by game time.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says he isn’t sure how the wind would affect the flight of the ball during the game, but he expects the ball “to be flying a little bit.”

The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for most of the mountains around the Los Angeles basin. The downtown area is under a lower-level “wind advisory” that is set to expire before the game begins at 7:39 p.m. EDT.


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