It was the kind of hot summer day when you could close your eyes and let your mind drift onto a sea of pleasant thoughts. The
Yet this was not a hallucinogenic heat wave. This was reality at
Anything, apparently, except Puig hitting for the cycle. He didn't miss by much, though. He needed a home run in his last at-bat, swung from the heels three times, and struck out. Then he received a standing ovation and "M-V-Puig" chants, despite the fact that the ball stayed in the park.
"It wouldn't leave," Puig said on television. "I tried to hit it. It just didn't happen."
The Dodgers, all but left for dead a week ago, are four games out of first place in the
The Dodgers have won eight of their last nine games, and they have gained 51/2 games in eight days. Their lineup is healthy, and so is their offense.
This is why Dodgers management paid no heed to cries to fire
"This is what we were supposed to be, on paper," Boehly said. "That's why all the chitchat that was going on was so off base. We never had the team that we were supposed to be on the field."
The Dodgers trail the first-place
"We were just trying to get within striking distance at the break," catcher
The Dodgers got seven scoreless innings Sunday from rookie
If the Dodgers trade for a veteran starter, Fife could lose his spot in the rotation.
"If I can prove I deserve to stay, maybe I will," Fife said.
Puig will stay, after 44 hits during his first calendar month in the big leagues. The only player with more: Joe DiMaggio, with 48, in May 1936.
Puig had four hits Sunday, his first four-hit game in the majors. He has been so extraordinary that Mattingly did not automatically laugh when a reporter goofily asked whether Puig could maintain his .436 batting average all season.
"Honestly, I shouldn't doubt him at all," Mattingly said. "But .440 is a pretty tough clip. You kind of expect him to do something every day."
On Sunday, Puig singled twice, scored twice, stole two bases, doubled and hit his first major league triple — a pop fly over the head of Phillies first baseman
"You know things are going good when you get a bloop triple like that,"
Seriously, Kemp said, how could you keep Puig out of the
"I think he would bring a lot of excitement to the All-Star game," Kemp said. "Everybody needs to see what this kid is doing. It's pretty amazing."