Puig’s Bat Comes Alive In Big Win vs Padres

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Yasiel Puig hit a pair of home runs and drove in four runs, leading the Dodgers to a 10-2 victory over the Padres. Brandon McCarthy allowed two runs over six innings as the Dodgers took the series finale on Thursday.

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 SD  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0    2  6  0
 LAD  0  2  0  2  0  2  4  0  x    10  8  0

Yasiel Puig hit his first multi-homer game since June 4, 2013. Both of Puig’s multi-homer games have come off of the Padres. This one came courtesy of Jered Weaver, who was charged with four earned runs over five innings and was handed the loss.

Puig’s first home run came with Chase Utley on first base. Weaver threw Puig a first-pitch fastball up in the zone and the ball did not touch Héctor Sánchez‘s glove. According to Statcast, Puig’s first home run left the bat at 106.6 mph and traveled 415 feet. It was Puig’s longest home run of the Statcast era.

Puig’s second home run of the day came with Joc Pederson on first base. This time, with a 2-0 count, Weaver threw Puig a slider that didn’t break. This ball, also, did not touch Sánchez’s glove. The ball left Puig’s bat at 110.9 mph and traveled 384 feet according to Statcast.

Brandon McCarthy pitched well in his 2017 debut. He threw six solid innings in which he allowed only two runs. He struck out four batters in the win. In a post-game interview, McCarthy said that he was pleased with the way that he pitched. His only flaw was when he allowed a two-run home run to Wil Myers. McCarthy threw a very good curveball but Myers was able to get his bat on the ball and hit it over the wall in right-center field.

The Dodgers added two runs in the sixth inning, both of them involving Kiké Hernández. He hit a double to left-center field that drove in Austin Barnes, his first hit, and RBI of the year. He hit a breaking ball that bounced twice before hitting the wall and the relay throw from Erick Aybar was not close to being in time. Andrew Toles grounded out and advanced Hernández to third base, then Corey Seager walked.

Logan Forsythe came to the plate after Seager walked, but the Dodgers had no intentions of waiting for him to get a hit. With a 1-1 count on Forsythe, Seager ran towards second on the pitch and lured the throw to second base. When the throw went to second, Hernández started running toward home. Seager stopped running and Yangervis Solarte threw back to Sanchéz, but Hernández slid in under the tag. After the play was reviewed, the call was upheld.

The Dodgers broke the game open in the seventh inning with mainly walks. Puig walked with one out, then the next three batters did the same. When Andrew Toles walked, it was the fourth straight walk of the inning and Puig scored. Corey Seager then hit a ground-rule double and the Dodgers had a 9-2 lead. Andrew Toles then scored one a wild pitch and the Dodgers had a 10-2 lead.

Up Next:

The Dodgers will play their first road game of 2017 against the Rockies in Denver. Hyun-Jin Ryu will start for the Dodgers and Kyle Freeland will take the mound for the Rockies. Freeland is a lefty, so you can expect to see more right-handed batters in the lineup. The game will start at 1:10 pm PT. It will be shown on SportsNet LA.

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