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Yasiel Puig logs four hits, falls a homer shy of cycle in Dodgers win

Jun 30, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

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Yasiel Puig continued dominating National League pitching as he contributed four hits in his first four at-bats this afternoon, falling a home run short of the cycle. He had an opportunity to wrap it up in the bottom of the eighth, but struck out against Phillies reliever Justin De Fratus. Behind a strong start from Stephen Fife, the Dodgers handily defeated the Phillies in the finale of a four-game series in which, despite a historic 16-1 loss on Friday, they looked like the better team.

Puig bumped his slash line up to .436/.467/.713 through his first 26 games, making the debate about his All-Star candidacy all the more interesting. He’ll have two more weeks to pad his stats while fans will have two more weeks to run his campaign.

  1. stoutfiles - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    He also stole two bases. Guy is a fantasy baseball machine.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      Don’t I know it. Best Fake Money spent ever.

  2. backdraft440 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Guy is roiding out of his shirt

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:52 AM

      Oh, yeah…right.

      This guy is an inhuman monster, a regular Scott Steiner.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:14 PM

        Go Blue!

  3. mungman69 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Just how old is Puig? When will he be tested for roids? When will pitchers learn how to pitch to him? When will he slump? When will he get hurt running into walls? When will he lead the Dodgers into the playoffs?
    Yeah, vote him onto the all star team. We all want to see him play.

  4. ramfanaz - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Puig’s a beast who would be a LB or a RB, if he grew up here! He’s 22 btw

  5. Anoesis - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Second player since 1900 to get 44+ hits in his first hundred ABs.

    Jose Dominguez pitched a perfect 8th in his ML debut, with his fastball registering 101 on the radar gun.

    From Sporting News: Puig finished June with 44 hits, surpassing the 42 by Pittsburgh’s Bob Elliott in September 1939 for the second-most in a player’s first full calendar month in the major leagues. Joe DiMaggio had 48 in May 1936.

    Good company.

  6. jcmeyer10 - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    The Dodgers should just give Carl Crawford’s contract to this kid. It would actually make sense. Paying someone for what they are going to do is what big contracts are for.

  7. yahmule - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Brute 66 is going to have some kind of career.

  8. moogro - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    When he reduces getting thrown out at second on singles and overthrowing the cutoff, he will have arrived. Pitchers aren’t pitching him as effectively as they could, so he will decline some there.

  9. rodericksilva - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Moogro…talk about looking a gifted horse in the mouth!! You are a tough fan to win over! You make him sound like someone I wouldn’t want on my Reds.

  10. amartland - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    @moogro: thanks for the wet blanket. You mean to tell me he won’t finish the season batting .440 with eight-zillion home runs, consuming opposing pitchers with fireballs from his eyes and bolts of lightening from his arse?

    • Anoesis - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:10 AM

      He could still do the bolts of lightning thing from his arse if he eats at Taco Bell.

    • yahmule - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:44 AM

      He’s doing just fine hitting cutoff men and his aggressiveness on the basepaths hasn’t been a problem, either. Some people really want this young man to fail.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        Those people are natural born losers.

  11. mungman69 - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    I wonder just how old he is. It really doesn’t matter because he is one hell of a player. Let’s vote him onto the all star team.

    • stex52 - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      Who cares how old he is? I’m not sure why that is important. It’s not like he’s some 16 year old pretending to be 18.

      And of course he won’t hit .440. But he’s playing fantastic ball. Relax and enjoy it.

  12. acdc84 - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    Keep hating haters!! 22 or 25, LA has him for 6 or 7 years for $42M (the biggest value in professional sports), and he’s gonna keep raking at many times what they’re paying him! If he’s not an all-star this year the eventual NL champions would wish he’s helping them get home-field advantage in the all-star game. Everyone can poke fun at the Dodger’s grossly overpaid roster, which is fine, but this young Cuban phenom is the real deal!

  13. nbjays - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Spider Puig, Spider Puig.
    Does whatever a Spider Puig can…

  14. jimeejohnson - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Coincidental that this guy plays for Hollywood’s team?

  15. clydeserra - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Look, they all count. but did you see the hits?

    Two ground balls hit Michael Young’s glove and were called singles. the triple was a pop up that landed between 3 Phillies and was poorly played giving an extra base (credit where credit is due, Puig is one of the few people that tries for and gets a double out of that pop up to short right), and the double was legit, grounder down the line.

    Great game. Great player. but four hits with an asterisk.

  16. vincentbojackson - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Put him in the game already. What’s the guy have to do?
    Put him in the home run derby too.

    It would be a nice opportunity for the entire country to see the guy play. Half the country is asleep when west coast games typically begin.

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