Puig Goes Little League, Nips Nats in Ninth


June 23, 2016 by Shannon Michael Smith

The Dodgers beat Washington last night on a wild, walk-off, inside-the-park home run by Yasiel Puig.

Michael Taylor, the Nationals’ center fielder, played the goat as he went Bill Buckner (the ball went under his glove) on a routine single that ended up costing Washington the game. The Dodgers swept the Nationals and now head off to Pittsburgh for a four-game-series against the Pirates.

The win last night was Los Dogs’ sixth in-a-row, not bad for a team that appeared to have given up two weeks ago. Turner, Pederson, and now Puig have roared to life and made the Dodgers fun to watch again. They may not make the playoffs, but at least there’s some fuego in the dugout. If they can keep it up and give the Giants a run for their money, things could get interesting.

Sadly, the starting pitching (minus King Kersh, of course) probably won’t allow for any serious contention. We’d love to be proven wrong, though.

The Dodgers have the day off today as they get settled in Pittsburgh. Are there any George Romero walking tours on the fun-time schedule? We doubt it. Y’think there are any jazzheads on the team? We doubt that too. Art Blakey was from Pittsburgh. Jeff “Tain” Watts, Paul Chambers, and Billy Eckstine were also from Steel City. Who knew that Pitt produced such jazz giants?

The Pirates will send James Taillon to the hill tomorrow and the Dodgers will trot out…we don’t know! The team hasn’t announced who will pitch tomorrow. Lucky you! No alliteration agony today! Can Los Dogs make it seven in-a-row tomorrow? Stay tuned! Until next time, mirth seekers!


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