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Video: Dodgers grab early lead in Game 3 of NLCS against Cardinals

Oct 14, 2013, 9:29 PM EDT

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After dropping the first two games of the NLCS, the Dodgers have grabbed an early lead against the Cardinals in Game 3 behind an RBI double from Adrian Gonzalez and a run-scoring triple from Yasiel Puig.

The fourth-inning rally against Adam Wainwright started after Mark Ellis hit a ball to right-center field which dropped in following a miscommunication between Jon Jay and Carlos Beltran. Ellis ended up at second base on the play and was brought home on the Gonzalez hit. Puig then drove in Gonzalez with a triple which bounced off the right field wall.

It’s worth noting that Puig flipped the bat in epic fashion and raised both of his arms after his swing, as he thought he hit a two-run home run, but he eventually kicked it into gear and motored into third base standing. Always interesting, this guy. The 22-year-old was 0-for-11 with seven strikeouts in the series before the triple. Meanwhile, the rally against Wainwright ended a 22-inning scoreless streak for the Dodgers dating back to the top of the third inning in Game 1.

Check out the video of Puig’s triple below:

Hyun-Jin Ryu struggled in his start against the Braves during the NLDS, but he has been very impressive so far. The southpaw has yet to allow a hit and has retired 11 in a row since a first-inning walk to Carlos Beltran.

  1. cohnjusack - Oct 14, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Not Jon Jay’s best day…

    • blacksables - Oct 15, 2013 at 8:01 AM

      Bullshit. The Ellis double was Beltran’s fault. Jay is the center fielder, and it was his ball all the way.

      But Beltran was right in his line of sight, and almost on top of him, causing him to take his eye off the ball to see what Beltran was doing. Beltran was a center fielder and has had collisions out there before. He knows better and shouldn’t have been within 15 feet of him.

      Then, when the other other Ellis hit a triple off the wall (and you can’t blame Jay for that, unless you want to send us a video of you running into a wall at full speed, because I don’t think you would), Beltran is supposed to be over backing the play up, not standing still in right.

      On the first hit of the night, Carpenter had no chance at the ball while Jay did, and once again he had to pull off the ball for another player to miss it.

      Jay is a good center fielder. He is supposed to control things out there and those balls were his. The other players need to let him catch the ball by staying out of his way.

      • cohnjusack - Oct 15, 2013 at 9:18 AM

        1. Jon Jay is not a good center fielder. Fangraphs and Plus/Minus agree. He’s not awful, but he’s certianly not good.

        2. The ball is the center fielders, it is the job of the center fielder to call off anyone else. You do not stop close to the ball because you think someone else has it. How you blame that on Beltran is astounding to me.

  2. hustleandflomax - Oct 14, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    he looks way tentative out there.

    • blacksables - Oct 15, 2013 at 8:03 AM

      No, he just doesn’t want to have a collision with the other fielders trying to catch balls that are his responsibility.

      Tentative players don’t dive for balls.

  3. ghostofjimlindeman - Oct 14, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Dodgers gonna have name John Jay as their MVP tonight. Why is he in game? A Shane Robinson away from a 0-0 score.

    • Anoesis - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      I haven’t seen the Cards giving Andre Ethier a trophy.

  4. irishdodger - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    The Cards just repaid the Dodgers with the gifts their D gave them in Games 1 & 2. Kershawpitches a gem giving up zero earned runs but AJ Ellis lets a strike carom off his glove advancing the winning run to third.

    • blacksables - Oct 15, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      Don’t they have comma’s in Ireland?

  5. jwbiii - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Sometimes you beat the ManBearPuig. Sometimes the ManBearPuig beats you.

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