The Los Angeles Dodgers’ search for a seventh consecutive win didn’t prove to be lucky as the team not only saw their winning streak end, but also suffered various injuries to multiple players.
Adrian Gonzalez was the first to be removed from the game. The first baseman attempted to score on an error in the first inning and suffered a knee contusion as a result of his slide into home plate. Gonzalez managed to play the second inning but was taken out in the top of the third.
With the Dodgers trailing 8-1 in the sixth inning, Yasiel Puig beat Starlin Castro’s throw to reach with one out. Scott Van Slyke then hit a tapper in front of the plate that Welington Castillo threw away while trying to nail Puig at second base.
Hanley Ramirez then hit a grounder to Luis Valbuena that wound up being a fielder’s choice and not a double play. Puig never stopped running and made his way home, which set off a game of cat and mouse with Castillo.
Anthony Rizzo threw home in time to get Puig, but the outfielder avoided multiple tag attempts from Castillo and was ruled safe. The play went to review and the call was confirmed, which cut the Dodgers deficit to 8-2.
However, Puig had a noticeable limp as he returned to the dugout and he was removed from the game in the top of the seventh inning. According to the Dodgers, Puig was taken out of the game as a precaution:
Yasiel Puig was removed from tonight's game for precautionary reasons with mild left hamstring soreness.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 2, 2014
Prior to being taken out of the game, Puig was 1-for-3. He entered the game hitting .319 overall and .433 with four triples since the All-Star break. Video of the play: