Yasiel Puig continued to wreak havoc against all comers, and Chris Capuano was stellar in his return from the disabled list as the Dodgers earned a split of their doubleheader and series with a 6-0 win against the Yankees on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Capuano was on a pitch limit but managed to last long enough to throw six scoreless innings. He allowed just three hits all night and didn't walk a batter, and struck out four in his first major league start since May 29.
Puig homered, had two hits, reached base three times, scored three times and stole a base, leading an all-out offensive attack on Phil Hughes. The first four Dodgers singled in the first inning for two quick runs and they kept adding on from there. The Dodgers scored a run in the third, two more in the fifth, then Puig homered to the opposite field in the seventh off reliever Adam Warren.
It was Puig's second multi-hit game of the day and Dodger record 10th multi-hit contest in his 15th career game. But he wasn't alone. The first five hitters in the Dodgers lineup - Skip Schumaker, Puig, Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier - all had at least two hits to pace the offense.
Vin Scully, tweetcasting the game from Los Angeles, was impressed.
Holy Mackerel, it's Puig! He is unbelievable.-#VinScully— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 20, 2013
The Dodgers got their first win by more than three runs since June 6 and their second such victory in their last 25 games.
Puig is hitting a whopping .474/.500/.789, and his 27 hits are one shy of a major league record through his first 15 game. Per Elias Sports, Puig's 27 hits are tied with Joe DiMaggio (1936) and Terry Pendleton (1984), one hit behind Irv Waldron (1901) and Bo Hart (2003).
The Dodgers travel cross country and open a four-game series on Thursday night in San Diego against the Padres. Stephen Fife starts the series opener at Petco Park, against Jason Marquis for San Diego.
- Ramirez was 6-for-8 during the doubleheader, and knocked in Puig three times in a four-PA stretch, the first three hits by a Dodger with Puig in scoring position all season.
- Chris Withrow retired all six batters he faced in the seventh and eighth, his first scoreless appearance of his career.
- Puig also stole a base, to join Ramon Hernandez as the only Dodgers to hit a home run and steal a base in the same game this season.
- The Dodgers are 12-3 when scoring six runs this season.
Game 2 particulars
Home run: Yasiel Puig (5)
WP - Chris Capuano (2-4): 6 IP, 3 hits, 4 strikeouts
LP - Phil Hughes (3-6): 6 IP, 10 hits, 5 runs, 3 strikeouts