The Dodgers returned home and it was just the remedy their slumping bats needed as they got needed timely hitting, even though they did waste opportunities with runners in scoring position.
With a scoreless streak reaching 22 innings, the Dodgers finally broke through on an Adrian Gonzalez RBI double and Yasiel Puig entertained everyone with his RBI triple to right field. Puig bat-flipped as he thought the ball was going over the fence, but reached third standing. However, its rubbed Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran the wrong way according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com:
More Beltran on Puig: “When you try to do those things, you get attention. You don’t want to wake up nobody.”
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) October 15, 2013
This isn’t the first time the Dodgers have been criticized for their celebrations as Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said he was upset when Puig, Hanley Ramirez and Juan Uribe celebrated with bananas in their September 9 matchup at Dodger Stadium.
Puig snapped an 0-11 streak with his triple and had two hits while Gonzalez got the night started and showed his emotion after his double off Adam Wainwright.
While he didn’t see Puig’s antics, Wainwright did have something to say about Gonzalez’s celebration according to Pedro Moura of the OC Register:
Adam Wainwright: “I didn’t see Puig’s reaction. I saw Adrian doing some Mickey Mouse stuff at second, but I didn’t see Puig.”
— Pedro Moura (@PedroMoura) October 15, 2013
Mickey Mouse stuff? It seems like a broken record for teams when they play the Dodgers and when did it become such a crime for players to have fun and show emotion?
After many believe that Cardinals starter Joe Kelly hit Ramirez on purpose (I don’t agree with this point), it’ll be interesting to see if the Dodgers pitch Beltran a little inside tomorrow. It’s time for teams to stop getting upset at the Dodgers having fun as tonight is definitely a turning point in the NLCS.
In case you missed it, here’s the home run that sent the Dodgers to the NLCS!