The Los Angeles Dodgers’ phenomenon story continues after they’ll able to salvage a game in a doubleheader against the New York Yankees on Wednesday. Once again, Yasiel Puig continued to spark a team that’s trying to climb out of the hole they dug themselves in the National League West.
Puig had four hits combined in both games, including a double in the first game and his fifth career home run in the second game off of Yankees’ starter Phil Hughes in the seventh inning.
That notched the sixth and final run the Dodgers would score in a 6-0 shutout victory after losing 6-4 in the first game when Mariano Rivera struck out Puig in the last inning.
“That’s how you play the game,” Rivera said when talking to Newsday earlier today. “Why change when you come to the big leagues? Being aggressive, there’s nothing wrong with that. Just have to be smart.”
In Puig’s first 15 games, he has 27 hits in 57 at-bats and 11 runs batted in, runs scored, and strikeouts. He’s also stolen two bases.
Naturally, his aggressiveness has only resulted in him walking once, but it’s hard to tell a young pitcher to be more conservative at the plate when he’s been this successful.
And the Dodgers need anything they can get to turn this season around.