Clearly, Yasiel Puig is not going to do anything in typical fashion. Not his throws, not his baserunning and not being sent to the doghouse. Dramatics are the order of his day, every day.
Puig was benched prior to Tuesday’s game with the Miami Marlins, mostly, Manager Don Mattingly said, because he was in a three-for-24 slump. Then Puig showed up late to Marlins Park and was fined. It was not looking like his best day.
Which naturally led to his late-game heroics because, well, he is Puig and things like that just seem to swirl around him.
Puig entered the game in a double switch in the sixth inning and then came to bat with the game tied 4-4 in the eighth. He hit the first pitch he saw for a go-ahead home run.
The ultimate 6-4 victory was anything but routine, but then what about the high-energy Puig ever is?
His home run off left-hander Dan Jennings was a moon shot that threatened to disappear from sight, falling on top of the center-field wall before bouncing out.
It was Puig’s 12th home run of the season and helped the Dodgers to avoid a tough loss. They had 16 hits on the night but bounced into four double plays and still managed to strand 12 runners.
The Marlins opened the scoring with a run in the first after Christian Yelich doubled, advanced to third and scored on a pair of groundouts to second.
It remained a 1-0 game until the Dodgers scored four times in the fourth when Andre Ethier and Juan Uribe opened with singles. After Skip Schumaker bounced into his second double play of the night, Miami right-hander Jacob Turner intentionally walked Tim Federowicz.
But then Turner committed one of baseball’s cardinal sins, walking the opposing pitcher. The walk to Chris Capuano loaded the bases and Carl Crawford followed with an infield hit off Turner’s glove to score Ethier.
Mark Ellis singled in two more and Adrian Gonzalez singled in one more, and the Dodgers had a 4-1 lead.
But the Marlins got two back in the bottom of the inning. They loaded the bases against Capuano on base hits by Giancarlo Stanton and Logan Morrison, and a walk to Ed Lucas. Miami scored one on a fielder’s choice and a second on a single by Adeiny Hechavarria.
Capuano left with a one-run lead after five innings, allowing the three runs on six hits and a walk, but the bullpen surrendered a tying run in the sixth.
Brandon League gave up a one-out single and walk, and then a run-scoring single to catcher Jeff Mathis. J.P. Howell came on to get Greg Dobbs to pop up, but walked Yelich to load the bases. Chris Withrow got the third out by striking out pinch-hitter Donovan Solano.
The Dodgers added an insurance run in the ninth when Hanley Ramirez doubled and scored on a Federowicz infield single.
Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 20th save.