The Dodgers beat the Phillies today 6-1 today behind the first four-hit game of Yasiel Puig’s career.
Puig went 4-for-5 with a double, triple, two runs, and a pair of stolen bases. In his last at bat, he was only a home run shy of hitting for the cycle.
“I was going for the cycle,” Puig said. “I tried to hit it, but it wouldn’t leave. It didn’t happen this time around.”
With 44 hits in June, Puig broke Steve Sax’s Dodger rookie record for most hits in his first month in the big leagues.
“Today it seemed like everything he hit was a base hit,” Dodger manager Don Mattingly said. “He’s got two top spinners to third, tough balls, then throws a grenade to right and then hits a seed into right. I don’t know how to describe it. He hits the ball everywhere.”
Since being called up June 3rd, the 22-year old Cuban leads the Major Leagues in both hits and batting average.
Starting pitcher Stephen Fife set the tone, scattering four hits through seven innings. He walked one and struck out five.
“Stephen Fife today obviously gives us a huge outing, seven innings scoreless,” said Mattingly. “He’s kind of solidified our rotation. It seems like we were back and forth, back and forth, with this thing trying to get guys in there. He’s throwing the ball well.”
With their eighth win in nine games, the Dodgers end the day only four games behind division-leading Arizona. Mattingly attributes the recent success to getting his players healthy.
“We’re getting better obviously,” Mattingly said. “We’re finally kind of healthy now. Maybe we’re over that hump a little bit. I’m sure we’re still going to have things going, but not just get blanketed with it. Hopefully we’re passed that.”
Instead of basing his lineup on who might be healthy, Mattingly can pencil in a batting order to be reckoned with.
“We’re full strength,” he said. “I’m able to put a lineup out there that’s pretty consistent. Guys are playing in their spots, in their roles. We’re a little more dangerous right now. Every time you roll around through Puig, Adrian, then Hanley, and then Dre and Matt, you’ve got to get through there. It’s kind of like going through Boardwalk and Park Place when you got those hotels on them, you get hurt there.”
Monopoly references aside, the Dodgers are now half way into the season and in the thick of things in the NL West.
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