After an inconsistent spring that wasn’t indicative of the work ethic and focus Yasiel Puig had throughout camp, he’s gotten off to a slow start at the plate through four games played in the regular season.
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly held Puig out of Saturday’s contest amid concern the young outfielder was growing increasingly frustrated by his early slump. Heading into Sunday’s matinee affair against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Puig’s highlight of the season was being used as a fifth infielder at third base in the 10th inning of Friday’s loss.
Puig returned with Josh Collmenter on the mound and the Diamondbacks’ looking to complete a three-game sweep. The right-hander historically hasn’t fared well against Puig, who began the day hitting .333/.600/.933 with one home run and four RBIs in 10 career at-bats.
Puig flied out in the first inning to drop to 2-for-20 on the season with six strikeouts. Then as the leadoff batter in the fifth, Puig hit his first home run of the season to extend the Dodgers’ lead to 3-0. The solo shot came moments after Puig hooked a ball deep down the stands off the left field foul line.