TORONTO — Yasiel Puig batted first for the Dodgers on Sunday, the final game of a six-game homestand, against the San Diego Padres. Puig went 0-for-4. In four games since he’s batted second, second, fifth and fifth.
Will we see Puig batting leadoff again?
Kenta Maeda stands on the mound as Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista rounds the bases on his two-run home run during the sixth inning of the Jays’ 5-2 win. It was the only extra-base hit Maeda allowed. (Canadian Press via AP)
TORONTO — In a game decided by the bullpens, the Dodgers’ bullpen imploded. A three-run, eighth-inning home run by West Hills native Kevin Pillar broke a 2-2 tie and sent the Dodgers to a 5-2 loss against the Blue Jays. The story is here; the box score is here.
Three injured Dodger pitchers are nearing their returns.
In case you missed it earlier, Yasiel Puig made an insanely accurate throw to deny Darwin Barney a double.
TORONTO — You won’t find a more accurate throw to second base from the right field corner than this one, courtesy of (who else?) Yasiel Puig.
This laser-accurate throw in the third inning of the Dodgers’ game against the Toronto Blue Jays erased a possible double by Darwin Barney. Through five innings it remains the Blue Jays’ only hit:
The throw wasn’t as long, but it was just as accurate, as this one last month that retired Trevor Story on a would-be triple at Coors Field. After the game, Puig called it the best throw he’d ever made.
We’ll call this one top-five.
Yasiel Puig is working on getting around on inside pitches. (Associated Press photo)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Yasiel Puig said Sunday that he’d be going back into the batting cage to work on what ailed him at the plate. Puig is hitting .127 in his last 15 games going into Tuesday’s tilt against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Clayton Kershaw struck out 14 batters and didn’t allow a run in throwing his first complete game of the season Sunday. (Associated Press photo)
The Dodgers’ losing streak ended at six games and Clayton Kershaw made all the difference. The left-hander tossed his first complete game of the season and drove in the only run in a 1-0 win over the San Diego Padres. The game story is here. The box score is here.
Yasiel Puig is optimistic he can work his way out of his current slump.