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.
Yasiel Puig will lead off Sunday for the first time since last July. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff photographer)
The first time Yasiel Puig
was penciled into a major league lineup, he hit leadoff. The last time — before Sunday — was July of last year.
In one sense, it’s a surprise he ever moved from the top of the lineup. For his career Puig has a .467 on-base percentage, with almost as many walks (6) as strikeouts (8), when leading off a game.
Today, Puig will lead off against the San Diego Padres not because he’s hot but because he’s cold. In his last 14 games Puig has a .137/.154/.235 slash line.
Ross Stripling couldn’t pitch past the fifth inning and the Dodgers’ offense again offered little support in losing their sixth straight game. The game story is here. The box score is here.
Yasiel Puig was given a day to clear his mind.
Yaisel Sierra made his long-awaited debut for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.