Seems that old chewing gum commercial had it wrong. Why double your pleasure when you can triple your fun?
For those longing for something encouraging from those frustrating Boys in Blue, the
They looked very serious, very focused.
The Dodgers had five triples to tie franchise record. They had three triples in a single inning. And
It was one of those nice complete games, made all the more special for the Dodgers with the victory pulling them within a half-game of the Giants in the
The Dodgers hit well, fielded well, ran the bases well and pitched well. And well, now, figured that was more like it.
If that strategy looked fragile when the Dodgers came out of the break 2-4, it looked a whole lot better Friday when Greinke was masterful against the Giants. Greinke (12-6) held the Giants to four hits in his seven innings, or one less triple than the Dodgers managed. He struck out 10 and walked one. He did everything but triple.
Of course, he was supported by a 15-hit attack. The night’s triple brigade started when Puig tripled off the wall with one out against
The Dodgers broke the game open with five runs in the fifth, the inning they collected three of their triples. Greinke started the trouble with a single and scored on a
Gonzalez singled in Puig again, and
In the sixth, Gordon singled, stole second and scored on Puig's third triple. Puig also had a double, giving him four extra-base hits on a night he made his first start in center this season.
The Dodgers added a final run in the eighth after
Puig and Ramirez were both returning to the lineup after sitting out the previous series against in Pittsburgh. In addition to Puig's four hits, Gordon and Kemp had three hits each, and Ramirez and Gonzalez had two apiece.
According to the Dodgers, the short list of players with at least three triples and a double in one major league game (since 1914) include: Les Bell (1926), Herm Winningham (1990) and Puig.