Monday’s loss to the Washington Nationals resulted in the Los Angeles Dodgers suffering their first four-game losing streak since September 2013. They looked to right the ship with Zack Greinke on the mound, who was coming off a strange outing his last time to the mound.
Greinke labored a bit, but still threw six scoreless innings, exiting the game with a 5-0 lead. While other Dodgers managed to get on base, it was Yasiel Puig’s bat that largely propelled Los Angeles to a win.
With the game still knotted in a scoreless tie, Puig jumped all over a Joe Ross hanging slider in the fourth inning for a two-run home run that carried halfway up the pavilion in left-center field. The no-doubter included Puig taking a moment to watch the ball sail through the air and more of a bat toss than his customary bat flip.
Puig later added a bases-clearing triple in the fifth inning, tying a career high with five RBIs on the night. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly credited the dynamic outfielder for taking over the game while Greinke added Puig’s ability to swing a hot bat may be better than others.