Yasiel Puig, boy wonder, continues on his way. It’s very much his way, which can make it both eye-opening and head-scratching.
He is definitely a show, however, and he put some of it on display on a warm Monday night in the Dodgers’ 6-5 victory over the Miami Marlins before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 37,187.
The Dodgers were trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth when Puig crushed his first pitch for a three-run homer. And, yes, he flipped the bat. Being a versatile young man, he came up again in the fifth with the bases loaded and this time walked to force in another run. It was one of his two walks.
Puig has been on something of a tear for awhile now. He started the season modestly and was hitting just .254 with two homers and 10 RBIs in his first 19 games. In his last 15 games, he’s hit .393 with five home runs and 19 RBIs.
He’s now hit in 12 consecutive games and taken over the team RBI lead by two from Adrian Gonzalez with 29.
Dan Haren earned the win, as he is wont to do. He may not throw the hardest or have most devastating curveball, but he does keep finding ways to win.
Haren allowed three runs in his seven innings, raising his record to 5-1 with a 2.84 earned-run average. He has thrown at least five innings in each of his eight starts and never allowed more than three runs.
It’s a good thing Haren held Miami to three runs because reliever Brian Wilson quickly gave two back in the eighth. Wilson continues to struggle with consistency. He walked his first batter and then gave up a two-run homer to ex-Dodger Reed Johnson to make it a one-run game.
Kenley Jansen, who fell apart Sunday against the Giants, came back Monday to retire the Marlins in order in the ninth to earn his 12th save.