Yasiel Puig looks like a man possessed. . .with immense baseball talent. His 3-4 performance in the series opener against the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants was the difference maker in the best team win of the season.
In the bottom of the first Puig got on the board and got to Madison Bumgarner first. That was about the only time they got to Bumgarner. Puig had another single against Bumgarner, who at this point in time looks like the Giants ace, Hanley Ramirez had an infield single, and Nick Punto lead off the bottom of the 8th with a double which lead to the go-ahead run. In his previous two outings at Dodger Stadium Bumgarner pitched 8 scoreless innings each outing. The Dodgers 2 runs were more than they could have hoped for.
Yasiel Puig’s night was not without incident though, as he met the Dodger Stadium wall for the first time. But he stayed in the game, and drove in the go ahead run in the bottom of the 8th for his 3rd hit on the evening. He stroked a first pitch fast ball through the hole at short.
But Puig got some help in what turned into a great team win. Hyun Jin Ryu pitched a gem, and in 6.2 innings, matched Bumgarner and held the Giants to a single run. Nick Punto got the big pinch hit double, Mark Ellis sacrificed him over to third and Bumgarner’s errant throw left Mark Ellis safe at first. And Kenley Jansen struck out three of the four batters he faced.
This is only the second time all season the Dodgers won 3 games in a row.
Taking the hill Tuesday is Stephen Fife (1-2), who has pitched very well of late, and Michael Kickham‘s 2nd career start.