After missing Sunday’s game with a hip injury, Yasiel Puig was back in the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup Monday. Joining Puig in the outfield were Matt Kemp in left and Scott Van Slyke in center.
With the Dodgers facing a left-hander for the second consecutive day and Andre Ehtier dealing with some back soreness, Van Slyke made his second consecutive start in center. Puig went 1-for-4 in his return and it was Van Slyke who provided plenty of fireworks for the Dodgers, hitting two home runs and finishing with four RBIs.
Van Slyke hit a solo home run in the second inning to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead, and a Justin Turner single and Tim Federowciz sac-fly gave them a 3-1 lead in the fourth. Ryan Ludwick hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth and with two outs, Donald Lutz hit a shot to deep-right center.
Puig and Van Slyke both gave chase and the center fielder called Puig off to make the catch. Perhaps inadvertently, Puig continued in his path and ran behind Van Slyke as he made the catch, narrowly avoiding a collision.
After recording the final out, the two raced towards dugout. Though Puig only had one hit, he was seen in the dugout celebrating Van Slyke’s home runs and carried the same level of enthusiasm as he does when he’s had a big game at the plate.
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