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NLDS Game 1: Dodgers’ Justin Turner And Yasiel Puig Lead The Offense

The Dodgers’ offense, for the most part, looked really good on Friday against the Diamondbacks. Every starter on the team collected at least one hit, with the exception of Curtis Granderson and Yasmani Grandal. Luckily, those two going 0-4 didn’t hinder the Dodgers too much because Justin Turner, Corey Seager, and Yasiel Puig carried the team on their backs and collected all nine runs batted in.

Justin Turner began the scoring in the very first inning with a three-run home run. He would go on to have a huge night, collecting two more hits and two more runs batted in! He finished the night 3-4 with a walk and five runs batted it, more than half of Los Angeles’ total runs!

Then, after a Cody Bellinger single in the first inning, Yasiel Puig came up and crushed an RBI double to right field! During that at-bat, Puig fouled off a pitch and then licked his bat for some reason.

Here is what some of his teammates had to say about that:

That wasn’t the last time we’d see Yasiel Puig’s tongue on Friday, however. Puig’s second RBI of the game would come from a groundout, but arguably the most memorable moment of the night came in the bottom of the seventh. The Wild Horse smoked a triple down the left field line and turned an easy double into a triple, wagging his tongue at his teammates after his head first slide into third!

Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times tweeted after the game that Yasiel Puig told reporters he imagined a bowl of ice cream was in front of him when he slid into third! I think it’s safe to say that he was just really hyped in that moment, and weren’t we all? Regardless, he had a great night (2-5 with two RBIs) so maybe the entire team should follow his lead and lick their bats and wag their tongues!

Lastly, Corey Seager had a quietly dominant night at the plate. I say “quietly” because there was no three-run home run involved, and definitely no tongues involved. Seager went 2-4 with a walk on Friday and collected two runs batted in. One of his two hits was a triple that he shot down the right field line past a diving Paul Goldschmidt!

The entire offense looked good on Friday and nobody should have expected anything less. Not only because the Dodgers have a very talented lineup, but they were facing Taijuan Walker, who lasted just one inning, and Zack Godley. Nine runs will not be easy to come by against elite pitchers like Robbie Ray and Zack Greinke, so Friday’s victory was vital.

Game 2 will take place on Saturday at 6:08 p.m. PT with Rich Hill and Robbie Ray starting for their respective teams! The Dodgers now lead the series, 1-0.

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Written by Alex Perez

Whittier College Alumnus.
Editor In Chief of Dodgers Nation.
Lifelong Dodgers fan.

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  1. Actually, Granderson and Grandal were 0-8 with 4 strikeouts and 6 runners left on base. They are utterly lost at the plate. Barnes on the other hand adjusts pitch to pitch and actually looks like a professional hitter.

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