An almost perfect Puig and a plethora of pitchers are too much for the Diamondbacks Ray of sunshine
Puig ruined my headline by making an out in his final at-bat but that was his only fault on a night when he reminded Dodger fans once again that they now have a potent right-hand bat back in the lineup against left-hand pitching.
For the second time in the past four games Puig blasted a home run against a left-handed pitcher, and once again was a big part of the reason why the Dodgers have beaten a left-hander two games in a row.
It certainly wasn’t the rest of the mostly right-handed lineup who succumbed to Ray. In only six innings Ray struck out twelve Dodgers, tying Johnny Cueto for striking out the most LAD while pitching six innings or less. Only 19 pitchers have struck out at least ten batters while pitching only six innings. Ray struck out every starting Dodger at least once except Puig. Until Puig hit his home run in the 6th inning the only other hit was a double by Cory Seager in the 1st inning. Puig cashed in Seager with a sacrifice fly tying the game at 1-1.
Brock Stewart won his first major league game, giving up one run in the 1st but doing just well enough to go five and qualify for the win. Once Stewart left, Dave Roberts decided to try to use everyone he had in the bullpen and almost succeeded. Seven pitchers followed Stewart, and they all played their part in keeping the Diamondbacks at one run and giving the Dodgers a 3 – 1 victory.
The whole inning took 17 minutes, which prompted a lot of “still faster than Pedro Baez!” jokes.
Add in the collapse of the Giant bullpen against the Rockies last night, and the Dodgers now have a season high five-game lead over the Giants. It was fun to hear how shocked he was that the Giants were going to Joe Nathan in such a critical situation. A feeling I’m sure that was shared by the majority of Giant fans.
Cory Seager ended with two hits, including his 39th double which has him tied for the NL league in doubles with Daniel Murphy. That was Cory’s 3rd straight multi-hit game after his mini-slump last week.