Coming off a loss in which they squandered several opportunities to put runs on the board, the Los Angles Dodgers looked to bounce back against the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday night. They saw a familiar face on the mound as former Dodger Aaron Harang started for the Phillies.
Harang has received little run support this season, which didn’t figure to bode well considering he was facing a lineup with batters who have hit well against him in their respective careers. Among them was Yasiel Puig, who began the day a career 5-for-6 with a home run and double off Harang.
It didn’t take Puig long to add to that success as the Dodgers had runners on second and third with two outs in the bottom of the first inning when the Cuban native stepped into the batter’s box. Harang’s 0-1 pitch was a hanging breaking ball that Puig pulled over the left field fence for a three-run home run. The Dodgers went on to win the game, 4-3, with Puig’s early blast proving to be the difference.