Puig powers Dodgers to 8-5 win over D-backs, 2-0 series lead
Yasiel Puig’s bloop single didn’t even drive in a run. He still flipped his bat , sprinted to first and triumphantly pointed back at his dugout, where the cheering Los Angeles Dodgers pointed right back while the crowd chanted his name.
Some of baseball’s norms just don’t apply to the exuberant Puig. Or to the Dodgers, who are getting huge offensive contributions from practically every spot in their lineup.
Hazen was certainly targeting a need — Arizona needed help against lefty pitching — but adding Martinez for that micro-reason is kind of like hiring Albert Einstein to help you with your arithmetic homework.
Of course, if you can get Einstein to do the job — you get him. Hazen added another foundation player to a team that was winning anyway, and it sent a jolt through the organization. Martinez fit right in, on and off the field.
I was kind of bewildered, because it’s not too many teams or pitchers that have held us in check like that for a couple days, Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. I just knew in the bottom of my heart that we were going to explode for some numbers, which we’ve done all year.
Indeed, his team reached franchise highs for runs and homers this season, and the Nationals were the only club in the majors with four players — including Harper and Zimmerman — who each topped 20 homers and 85 RBI.
It’s unbelievable what he does and how he does it, Gonzalez continued. He’s a story, a movie, everything all in one.