Puig, Grandal Put Dodgers Back On Top

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Yasiel Puig hit a monstrous three-run home run and Yasmani Grandal hit a pair of longballs as the Dodgers beat the Mets 8-2, moving into first place in the NL West. Rich Hill pitched five innings of one-run ball in which he struck out eight batters and walked three. Hill also helped himself with a sacrifice fly in the third inning.

 
 Mets 2 
 Dodgers 8 

Mets’ starter Tyler Pill retired the Dodgers in order in the first two innings but got into trouble when he reached the bottom third. In fact, the Mets’ pitchers struggled against the bottom of the Dodgers’ order all night. Grandal went 2-4 with two home runs, Joc Pederson scored three runs, and Puig went 1-3 with a three-run shot.

“If you look at the 6-7-8 [hitters] tonight,” said Dave Roberts, “those guys picked up the rest of the lineup tonight with some homers and guys coming out of the ‘pen, Rich [Hill] set the tone, it was good.”

Rich Hill got into trouble in the fourth inning but managed to get out of it without any damage. He walked Jay Bruce to lead off the inning then allowed a single to Travis d’Arnaud singled. T.J. Rivera then hit a pop fly that bounced right off the glove of Chase Utley. It seemed like Utley was unable to see the ball, no matter the reason, everybody was safe and the bases were loaded with no outs.Hill battled back to strikeout the next three batters and end the inning.

After the Mets took the lead in the top of the first inning, the Dodgers tied it in the third and took the lead in fourth. Cody Bellinger led off the fourth inning with a double then advanced to third on a throwing error. Logan Forsythe was the next batter and he hit the first pitch he saw into left-center field. Bellinger scored and Forsythe arrived at second with an RBI double.

After an out was recorded, the Mets intentionally walked Joc Pederson and brought Puig to the plate. The intentional walk of Pederson, however, came back to bite them. With a 3-1 count, Puig hit a sinker deep into the left field pavilion. Puig took a long time to leave the batter’s box while admired the pitch and on his way around the bases he and Mets’ first baseman Wilmer Flores. Later, he was also lectured by Yoenis Céspedes and Jose Reyes on taking so long to run the bases.

Yasmani Grandal had a good night as well, as he hit two home runs. He became the third Dodger in three days to have a multi-homer game. His first home run came in the sixth inning. Grandal led off the inning and with a full count, he a changeup high to right field. It just barely made it over the wall for a home run. The homer gave the Dodgers a 6-1 lead. In the eighth, Grandal hit a fastball over the wall in right-center for another solo homer. Grandal got the barrel of the bat on the ball and drove this one a little farther into the right field pavilion. The homer gave the Dodgers a 7-1 lead.

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Tying The Game:

The Dodgers have jumped out to early leads a lot in the last two weeks so they are not used to trailing before they can bat. Curtis Granderson, however, put the Dodgers in an early hole when he hit the second pitch of the game over the wall in right-center field. The Dodgers fought back and tied the game in the third inning. They then took the lead in the fourth.

To Run or Not To Run:

When Yasiel Puig hit his home run, he stood in the batter’s box to admire his hit. This irritated the Mets, as they felt that he was rubbing it in. Puig also took a long time to run the bases. There is no problem with watching your home run, but Puig took a long time. He stood in the batter’s box until the ball had landed. This, I believe, is going too far. There is no problem with watching your home run but it should be done while running the bases. If you have a different opinion, comment below and share yours.

Up Next:

Steven Matz will look to save the Mets from being swept by the Dodgers and Hyun-Jin Ryu will look to extend the Dodgers’ winning streak to seven games. In two starts off the diasbled list, Matz has a record of 1-1 with an ERA of 3.21. Ryu is coming off a win in Cincinnati when he threw 105 pitches over 5 innings. He will look to reduce his pitch count and go deeper int othe game.

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