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Yasiel Puig makes presence known in postseason debut

Oct 4, 2013, 12:42 AM EDT

Yasiel Puig AP

Batting fifth for just the second time as a major leaguer, Yasiel Puig went 2-for-3 and collected an outfield assist in his first postseason game as the Dodgers beat the Braves 6-1 on Thursday.

Puig had mostly been hitting at the top of the order, but manager Don Mattingly opted to drop him to the middle with Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier sidelined.

Puig got his first at-bat in the second, singled into center and then hustled his way to third on another single to center. He went on to score on Skip Schumaker‘s sac fly, giving the Dodgers their first run.

The outfield assist came in the bottom of the second on a little fly to shallow right with Evan Gattis on first. Puig didn’t appear to intentionally deke Gattis, but with the way he kept his glove down to his side as he was coming in on the ball, Gattis apparently thought it was going to drop. It turned into an easy double play for the Dodgers.

Puig singled again in the third and was hit by a pitch in the fifth. He struck out in his last two at-bats in the sixth and ninth.

  1. MLBlogsbig3bosox - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    How did he go 2-3 if he struck out in his last 2 AB’s?

    • Jeff M. - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:20 AM

      It’s cause he plays the game the right way. He’s got the will to win. And stuff.

      Also, did we notice that the Braves were making the stupid outfield errors that were expected of Puig? Clearly they don’t play the game the right way. Not at all.

      • nbjays - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        It’s ok, Brian McCann will put a stop to that.

    • ilovegspot - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      That loser Medlen beaned Puig because Puig kicked his ass.

  2. whereyaat - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    How many of those sportswriters are going to call for Heyward to be benched tomorrow so the Braves don’t give up any more unnecessary runs? I’m waiting . . .

  3. yankeepunk3000 - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    LOL making his presence known? he hit a couple of singles let’s calm it down. why are you guys so in love with this guy? how about Elis hitting a couple of hard
    doubles? Or Kershaw even when shaky still got 12Ks…a record for the dodgers in the playoffs. I guess we focus on lovable puig. and his assist that was clearly a blunder for the Braves

    • aidanscawley - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:40 AM

      So you don’t miss your Kershaw coverage, here is the first article, where he was the headline. http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/10/04/clayton-kershaw-strikes-out-12-batters-as-dodgers-top-braves-in-game-1-of-nlds/

      Call me a whippersnapper, but I personally love watching Puig play, and he was one of the biggest influences in the beginning of the game. The first to third he took seemed very important in the third, though the Dodgers went on to make that run trivial. It may not have warranted an article, but I don’t mind seeing an article about a physical specimen like Puig that isn’t focused on his controversial style or rawness. I digress.

    • Jeff M. - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:04 AM

      You’re right, Puig’s assist was a pretty silly baserunning error by Gattis. But just the same, Puig had the awareness to notice, and to double him up.

      Everybody knows that Kershaw’s awesome. There are no shortages of great players on the Dodgers. Just the same – watching a guy who was on a boat from Cuba at about this time last year, and spent the first half of the season at AA is pretty interesting too. Like Grant Brisbee says, Puig plays baseball like he has bees in his pants.

    • nbjays - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      A record for the Dodgers in the playoffs? Really?

      Go read the Kershaw and brush up on your comprehension. His 12 Ks were the SECOND best behind Koufax’s 15 Ks in ’63.

      But I guess Kershaw’s were the most strikeouts ever by a Dodger pitcher in the NLDS at Turner Field on a Thursday night… EVER.

  4. yankeepunk3000 - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    yes yes puig is great but it seems they focus so much on him. his 1st to 3rd isn’t somrthig never done. its a play most good base runners can do. I was more impressed with elis not only with his glove but the two doubles. including an RBI and run scored. He is by no means an all star or even the top 5 in names you or most dodgers fans can name in a starting line up yet he continues to show his value. which is funny because he is very undervalued. I am not a puig hater, I’m far from it but we forget how good other players can be on this team. Including A-Gon (who’s one of my favorite players I might add) who smoked a two run shot down center field. which really opened this game up for them.

    • Jeff M. - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:21 AM

      I agree with you … I’d like to see an AJ Ellis article.

    • nitemaresleepy - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      With a name like “Yankee punk”…band wagon anyone?

  5. rasta028 - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    I find it humorous that this kid gets in so many peoples head, is he cocky? A little but the kid is 22 a barely understands English which I think is a great thing right now and works in his favor.
    Will he make mistakes? Of course he will but one thongs for sure and that’s he’s a major threat always good or bad.

    Go Dodgers!

    • clemente2 - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:42 AM

      A thong would be a mistake for sure, and a major threat. Not sure why its always good or bad, though.

      • paperlions - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:45 AM

        A thong is always good or bad, depending on who is wearing it.

      • Kevin S. - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:02 AM

        Is it gold lame?

  6. Carlos G Garcia - Oct 4, 2013 at 5:19 AM

    M-V-Puig

  7. teamo68 - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    Braves hit another up and comer. Glad they are the police of how to play the game the right way, except of course when it comes to winning playoff games. What bunch of clowns.

    • jarathen - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      They’re just too darn polite to win when it matters.

    • bravojawja - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:07 AM

      Are you kidding? Did you watch the game or just see the HBP in the box score?

      Or are you just piling on for fun without any brains in your head?

  8. paperlions - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Gattis only got doubled up because Puig doesn’t play the game the right way. If he had his glove up and caught the ball with 2 hands, like you are supposed to, then Gattis would have known it was an easy play and be able to return to 1st in time. McCann really needs to have a talk with Puig about his defensive play.

  9. angusmaximus89 - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Atlanta braves hit a guy? that never happens….

  10. spacemaker101 - Oct 5, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Puig did nothing! Braves pitchers are more worried ab a Hanley, or Adrain Gonzalez batters who actually make the pitcher throw a strike.. Just throw a high fastBall or off speed low and away and puig will sit his Cuban ass on the bench everytime. Dodger fans have their heads so far up puigs butt that they can’t even watch the game.. He can’t even speak English get outta here. Hahahahaha.

    • jimeejohnson - Oct 5, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      You sound like a scared, pea brain. Can’t speak English so Puig should get out of here?

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