An angry Yasiel Puig took several steps toward the mound after he was almost hit by a pitch from Jose Urena in the second inning of Saturday night’s game against the Miami Marlins.
Obviously other games like, say, two home runs and two doubles, are more valuable, but if you see a cycle, you tend to remember it. Cycles are fun.
It was his triple in the seventh inning that would increase the Dodgers lead to 7-0 and complete the cycle.
The Marlins (41-49), who fell 10 games behind the second wild-card spot in the National League, dropped their third consecutive game to the Los Angeles Dodgers (64-29) after winning six of eight before the All-Star break.
The rookie first baseman had a single in the first inning, and a two-run home run in the third that put the Dodgers ahead 2-0.
Dodgers starter Alex Wood also made history Saturday, becoming the first Dodgers pitcher in more than a century to win his first 11 decisions in a season, but he graciously conceded any headlines to Bellinger.
Bellinger needs only 10 home runs over the remainder of the season to break Mike Piazza’s rookie franchise record. Puig shouted at Urena and took several steps as some players and both managers ran onto the field.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Puig “overreacted” to the pitch, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Andy McCullough. “It’s clear to me there was no intent (by Urena)”.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, parent club of the OKC Dodgers, are the hottest team in Major League Baseball with a 61-29 record heading into the second half of the season, which begins today.
He’s the fifth Dodgers player to hit for the cycle since the end of World War II, a list that features L.A. Dodgers Orlando Hudson (2009) and Wes Parker (1970) and a pair of Brooklyn Dodgers legends, Gil Hodges (1949) and Jackie Robinson (1948). “Every time he steps on the field, something special can happen”.
“The last five or so outings have been really good”, Hill said.
“You look at the numbers and the production he has had, and the easy thing is to put him right in the middle of the order”, Roberts said before the game.
The Dodgers are 31-6 (.838) when Puig bats eighth. “I don’t think that’s fair to our team”.