Yasiel Puig slides head-first into home plate after rounding the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning of the Dodgers’ 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals. Howie Kendrick, who scored the tying run, celebrates in the background. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
With one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and Howie Kendrick on first base, Yasiel Puig rounded the bases on a single and three-base error, walking off the Washington Nationals to complete a 4-3 win. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
The Kendrick experiment in left field is going well.
Yasiel Puig is at Dodger Stadium today. He was expected to be available to the Dodgers for their Monday night matchup against the Washington Nationals.
But Dave Roberts did something in keeping with the tradition of Don Mattingly and Joe Torre, giving Puig an extra day of rest before his return from the 15-day disabled list.
Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu threw four shutout innings Friday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, his second consecutive rehab start since re-starting his assignment.
Ryu walked one San Jose Giants batter and struck out five while throwing 60 pitches. One, a curveball, was clocked on the Municipal Stadium radar gun at 61 mph, according to the Giants’ broadcast.
Ryu allowed one earned run in three innings in his first rehab start for Rancho Cucamonga on June 12.
Yasiel Puig seven innings in right field for the second consecutive day. The right fielder, who is rehabbing from a strained left hamstring, went 1 for 3 with a single. He was caught stealing second base in the first inning — the third consecutive game in which he’s attempted a stolen base (he’s been successful once).
Puig also collected an outfield assist on this play:
Brandon McCarthy‘s second minor league rehab game went one inning longer than the first. The right-hander allowed two runs in three innings Thursday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga in San Jose, including one home run. He walked no batters and struck out four.
The Giants were 3-for-3 on stolen base attempts against McCarthy, who needed 48 pitches to get through the three innings. He pitched two innings for the Quakes last Saturday in Lake Elsinore.
Hyun-jin Ryu will make a rehab start for Rancho Cucamonga tomorrow, his second since re-starting his minor league assignment.
Yasiel Puig played seven innings in right field, and singled, walked and stole a base in three plate appearances. He’s expected to play another seven innings tomorrow.
The Dodgers capped the 2015-16 international signing period by signing infielder/outfielder Yordan Alvarez. The 18-year-old received a $2 million signing bonus, according to multiple reports, which will cost the Dodgers $4 million after a 100 percent tax levied by MLB is figured in.
The Dodgers will be restricted to $300,000 signing bonuses for the next two international signing periods under the terms of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. The next signing period begins July 2. Since June 15 was the final day of the 2015-16 signing period, the Dodgers were under a tight deadline to sign anyone they considered unattainable with a $300,000 purse.
The Dodgers have spent in excess of $40 million on signing bonuses for international amateurs since July 1, 2015. Figure in the 100 percent tax, and the Dodgers’ actual tab is likely to exceed $80 million — more than at least three teams will spend on their entire major league rosters in 2016.