After a tying a Los Angeles Dodgers franchise record for most hits in the month of May, Yasiel Puig noticeably struggled at the plate in June.
Although he only missed one game, Puig battled a pair of hip injuries, failed to hit a home run during the month and only had five RBIs. Manager Don Mattingly expressed his belief that Puig had been frustrated as of late and was concerned it would lead to him pressing to hit a home run.
Puig put an emphatic end to his home run drought Friday with a two-run homer to straightaway center in the first inning of Friday’s game. The home run was Puig’s 12th of the season and first since May 23.
The right fielder has expressed his desire to participate in the Home Run Derby this season and National League captain Troy Tulowitzki said he intended to speak with Puig before the four-game series concludes.
It was Puig’s only hit of the game, but it didn’t matter as Clayton Kershaw threw eight scoreless innings in the Dodgers’ 9-0 win.
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