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Puig Nearly Hits For Cycle, Dodgers Sweep D-Backs On Kendrick Walk-Off



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Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

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The Los Angeles Dodgers concluded their seven-game homestand Wednesday night looking to win their seventh consecutive game over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Brett Anderson got off to an inauspicious start as Ender Inciarte and Paul Goldschmidt hit a pair of singles in the first inning that two on with one out. Yasmany Tomas lined a single off the right-center field wall to give the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead. Anderson limited the damage by striking out Aaron Hill and getting Chris Owings to fly out.

After Jeremy Hellickson struck out Joc Pederson in the bottom of the first, Yasiel Puig continued his hot hitting since returning from the disabled list by lining a base hit up the middle. Howie Kendrick reached on a two-out error, but the Dodgers unable to capitalize as Yasmani Grandal fouled out to end the inning.

Nick Ahmed reached on a Kendrick error in the second inning and moved into scoring position on Hellickson’s sacrifice bunt. That’s where he remained as Adrian Gonzalez made a nice backhanded scoop on a chopper hit up the first base line and stepped on the bag for the third out.

Andre Ethier and Alberto Callaspo hit back-to-back singles in the second inning to give the Dodgers their first threat of the game. Hellickson struck out Jimmy Rollins, then was the victim of poor recognition by his teammates. Anderson squared around to lay down a sac-bunt, which drew in Aaron Hill from third base.

As Hill went to field the ball, Ethier followed him down the third base line before sprinting for home to tie the game once Hill threw over to first base for the out. Pederson drew a two-out walk and it wound up costing Hellickson, who then gave up a three-run home run to Puig.

Anderson continued to battle control issues in the third that played into him giving up consecutive singles to A.J. Pollock and Goldschmidt; though Goldschmidt’s was a shot that Kendrick could only get a piece of his glove on.

Tomas again hit the ball hard, only to be robbed of a home run by Pederson. Hill then grounded into an inning-ending double play and the Dodgers held onto their 3-1 lead behind some luck. They added to it in the bottom half of the inning on a Grandal solo home run.

CONTINUE READING: Yasiel Puig Nearly Hits For The Cycle, Howie Kendrick Plays Hero

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