Dodgers right fielder Andrew Toles runs into the wall while chasing a hit by Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder David Peralta in the ninth inning. Toles received treatment but stayed in the game. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers did something Saturday that they haven’t done in 24 days: they lost ground in the National League West. They’ll have time to make up their two-game deficit, however, after a 4-2 loss to the Diamondbacks.
The box score is here.
The photo gallery is here.
Yasiel Puig still hasn’t figured out how to hit a fastball this season. Dodgers hitting coach Turner Ward says it’s a process that takes time, but it’s understandable why the Dodgers might run out of patience by the trade deadline.
Puig did not take questions after the game.
Here’s what everyone else was saying:
Yasiel Puig will be held out of the Dodgers’ starting lineup for the sixth straight game today because of a strained right hamstring. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
Yasiel Puig is at Dodger Stadium today, which might be the big headline depending on how many trade rumors you believe. Puig is not, however, in the Dodgers’ starting lineup. He’ll be on the bench for a sixth straight game because of a strained right hamstring.
Puig pinch hit Friday against the Arizona Diamondbacks and flied out in his only plate appearance. He finished the game by playing two innings in right field. It was the first day Puig had been cleared to play the field since his injury, Roberts said.
With a right-handed pitcher (Braden Shipley) starting for the Diamondbacks today, left-handed hitting right fielder Andrew Toles will make his fifth start in the Dodgers’ last six games. But Roberts said that Puig isn’t being held out because of the righty-righty matchup.
“He still isn’t 100 percent,” Roberts said. “The player wants to be out there. They all do. It’s my job to do what’s in his best interests and in the best interests of the ball club.”
The Diamondbacks are starting left-hander Patrick Corbin on Sunday, and Roberts believes that Puig will be ready to rejoin the starting lineup by then:
Roberts also thinks Puig will be ready to play a full nine innings tomorrow.
“I’m hoping,” he said. “I don’t plan just to play seven.”
Andrew Toles scores one of the Dodgers’ nine runs in their 9-7 win Friday over the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers’ bullpen collapsed in the top of the seventh inning, but the Arizona Diamondbacks were quick to return the favor. The Dodgers won, 9-7, and moved within a game of first place. The photo gallery is here. The box score is here.
Yasiel Puig was the focus of trade rumors Thursday.
Here’s what they were saying after the game:
As trade rumors swirl around the Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds right fielder Jay Bruce, team chairman Mark Walter on Friday gave his own right fielder, Yasiel Puig, a vote of confidence.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Yasiel Puig is available to pinch hit for the second consecutive day.
Puig hasn’t played since last Thursday because of a sore right hamstring. Roberts said he was hesitant to use Puig in last night’s 3-2 win and didn’t sound eager to use him again today. It’s still possible that Puig will be placed on the disabled list retroactively, though that seems less likely by the day.
Scott Van Slyke is starting in right field against Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Moore, a left-hander.
Puig is hitting .255 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs this season.