With already plenty of anticipation for Saturday’s game as it was Clayton Kershaw’s first look at the St. Louis Cardinals since Game 4 of the 2014 National League Division Series, the excitement in and around Los Angeles grew as the Dodgers activated Yasiel Puig from the 15-day disabled list in the hours leading up to first pitch.
To no surprise, Puig was immediately placed into the lineup, batting third and starting in right his usual field. While Kershaw effectively worked his way through the Cardinals lineup, he was matched in a sense by fellow left-hander Jamie Garcia.
Puig struck out swinging on three pitches in the first inning and went down looking on a borderline pitch in the fourth. The game remained a scoreless tie headed into the bottom of the seventh before the Dodgers’ bats came alive, starting with a Chris Heisey leadoff double down the third base line.
With the go-ahead run standing in scoring position, Puig laced an RBI double to the right-center field gap, complete with bat flip and the Dodgers took a 1-0 lead. Puig then came around to score on Justin Turner’s RBI single that hit off Kolten Wong’s glove and rolled into center field.
The two runs wound up being enough as Kershaw threw eight scoreless innings and Kenley Jansen converted the save opportunity.