Yasiel Puig got his first chance to make an imprint on the Dodgers-Giants rivalry on Monday, and like he has with just about everything else, took great advantage. Puig had three hits, including a home run, and drove in two runs in the Dodgers' 3-1 victory over San Francisco at Dodger Stadium on Monday night.
The Dodgers matched their season best winning streak at three games.
With runners on first and third with nobody out in the eighth inning, Puig delivered the go-ahead single against reliever George Kontos, who was just recalled from Triple-A Fresno on Monday. The Dodgers added another run with an RBI ground out by Hanley Ramirez to widen the advantage.
Puig also homered in the first inning off Madison Bumgarner, who was his typical brilliant self for most of the night against the Dodgers. Bumgarner, who pitched eight scoreless innings in each of his previous two starts against the Dodgers, allowed two of Puig's three hits, but the rest of the Dodgers were 3-for-24 with a walk.
One of those three non-Puig hits was a double by Nick Punto, pinch hitting to lead off the eighth.
Ryu walked a tightrope most of the night, but managed to pitch into the seventh inning while allowing just one run. He allowed eight hits and four walks, but was helped out by a pair of double plays, and one Giant substitution.
The one run San Francisco scored off Ryu was scored by Joaquin Arias, on a double by Andres Torres in the second inning. But while running home Arias strained his left hamstring and had to leave the game. His replacement at shortstop, Brandon Crawford batted twice with the bases loaded and made three outs. Crawford flew out to end the third inning and hit into a 1-2-3 double play to end the fifth.
- Puig has Dodgers records through 20 games for most hits (34; one more than Gibby Brack in 1937) and total bases (58; four more than Del Bissonette in 1928).
- Per Elias Sports, Puig is also the first player in major league history with at least 34 hits and seven home runs in his first 20 career games.
- The ground out in the eighth by Ramirez gave him an RBI in four straight games.
- Ryu has a 1.81 ERA in eight home starts this season.
- Kenley Jansen struck out three in the ninth inning, with old friend Tony Abreu the only one to reach base on a passed ball by catcher A.J. Ellis. Jansen, who earned his fifth save, has allowed one run and struck out 19 of his 40 batters faced in June. On the season Jansen has 56 strikeouts and five unintentional walks.
On the mend
Matt Kemp doubled, stole a base and played seven innings in center field for Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday night, and Scott Van Slyke doubled and played seven innings, the third minor league rehab game for each. Both will return to Dodger Stadium Tuesday to be evaluated by the team medical staff, per Austin Laymance of MLB.com.
Van Slyke could be activated as soon as Wednesday, though it sounds like both might be at least a few more days before either rejoins the Dodgers.
"We still feel like he needs at-bats," manager Don Mattingly said of Kemp, per Laymance. "I'll get a chance to talk to him tomorrow and we'll see how he feels. I don't think he wants come back until he's ready to go and has his timing."
Laymance mentioned Van Slyke might play in Tuesday's day game with the Isotopes, but Chris Jackson's game story for the Albuquerque Examiner include Isotopes manager Lorenzo Bundy suggesting Van Slyke will not play Tuesday:
"From what I heard both of them are going back ... well, they're leaving here," Bundy said. "I don't know if they're going to be activated or anything like that."
Stephen Fife starts for the Dodgers on Tuesday night, while rookie left-hander Mike Kickham, already in Los Angeles with the team, will be recalled from Triple-A Fresno to make his second career start for San Francisco.
Home run: Yasiel Puig (7)
WP - Paco Rodriguez (2-2): ⅔ IP, 1 strikeout
LP - Madison Bumgarner (7-5): 7+ IP, 5 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), 1 walk, 5 strikeouts
Sv - Kenley Jansen (5): 1 IP, 3 strikeouts