Yasiel Puig provided the spark the Dodgers offense needed on Sunday night, going 3-4 at the plate with one RBI and two runs scored, leading the Dodgers to a 9-0 victory over the Giants. Cody Bellinger collected his first hit of the 2018 season when he hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning. Rich Hill pitched six shutout innings and allowed five hits and three walks with five strikeouts in the win.
Ever since the Dodgers lost Justin Turner, it has seemed like the Dodgers have been missing both a right-handed bat and a leader. But on Sunday night, Puig stepped up as both. The box score only shows half of what he did. In fact, his leadership got the Dodgers their first run.
Corey Seager was on second base and Puig was on first with one out and Bellinger at the plate in the fourth inning. Bellinger hit a fly ball fairly deep into left field, where Hunter Pence made the catch. Seager advanced to third and the Giants put Puig in a rundown. While in the rundown, Puig directed Seager to score, then he dove into first safely. Seager scored and the Dodgers took a 1-0 lead. Click here to watch the video.
The Dodgers added to their lead with a four-run sixth inning. Puig started it again with an RBI double into right-center field. Yasmani Grandal then added to the lead with a hard-hit RBI single down the left field line. Puig scored and the Dodgers took a 3-0 lead. Bellinger then came to the plate with one out and he hit a ball high in the air to left field. The ball bounced off the top of the wall and into the bleachers for a two-run home run. This homer was the first hit for Bellinger this year and the first home run for the Dodgers.
Rich Hill continued the trend of solid Dodger pitching with six scoreless innings. Both his curveball and fastball seemed to be working to keep the Giants off balance. I’m not going to say it was an easy start. Hill had to escape bases-loaded jams in the third and fourth innings.
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Yasiel Puig saved Rich Hill’s bacon with a sliding catch in the sixth inning. The Giants had a runner on third base when Brandon Belt hit a line drive into right field. Puig got a good jump on it, then slid and caught it to end the inning and save Hill’s scoreless outing. Keep in mind that Puig did this in a 1-0 game.
The Dodgers will travel to Arizona to take on the Diamondbacks for the first time this year. Hyun-Jin Ryu will take the mound against Taijuan Walker. Ryu has a 3-3 record with a 3.77 ERA in 10 starts against the D-backs. It will be interesting to see how the new humidifier at Chase Field will affect the ball. Walker went 1-1 with a 4.32 ERA in five starts this spring. The last time the Dodgers faced Walker was game one of the NLDS, where he did last very long. The game will start at 6:40 pm PT and will be televised on SportsNet LA. You can also listen to the game on AM 570 LA Sports.