If it seems like Yasiel Puig has set the bar impossibly high since being recalled from Double-A Chattanooga, you’re not alone.
Puig is 7 for 16 with three multi-hit games, three home runs and nine RBIs after hitting his first career grand slam in a 2 for 4, four-RBI performance Thursday against the Atlanta Braves.
When Puig came to bat with the bases loaded in the eighth inning against Braves reliever Cory Gearrin, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez were standing next to each other on the top step of the dugout.
“(Mattingly) was like, ‘should I squeeze right here?’ I said no, you should hit and run. If anybody asks, say you were trying to avoid the double play,” Gonzalez said.
A silence followed.
“Then I said, how about first career grand slam?”
Puig made Gonzalez a prophet on the first pitch he saw.