Don Mattingly was at a loss for words Monday night. The Dodgers manager answered one question after another about rookie sensation Yasiel Puig and simply ran out of ways to describe what he witnessed. So, he indulged in a little bit of hyperbole. "What do you want me to say? He's the greatest player who ever lived," Mattingly said, smiling. Puig handed the Dodgers a 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants in front of a crowd of 40,994 with a home run in the first inning and a single in the eighth that drove in the go-ahead run. He also singled in the sixth for his 12 th multi-hit game in his 20 th major league game. The legend of the Cuban right fielder grew a little bit more Monday. "The league is still trying to figure him out," Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. "And they're all scratching their heads right now." Add left-hander Madison Bumgarner to the list. The Giants starter gave up six hits in seven-plus innings, half of them to Puig, while falling to 7-5. Puig ended Bumgarner's streak of 16 scoreless innings against the Dodgers by belting a 1-and-1 pitch for a first-inning homer. "It's amazing the way he hits the ball," Ellis said. "He's a rare talent." Bumgarner retired 16 of the next 17 batters before Puig singled to right field with two outs in the sixth inning. The only other Dodgers hitter to reach base in the first six innings was catcher A.J. Ellis, who walked to start the third.
Yasiel Puig provides lift for Dodgers again
L.A. Daily News | Jun 25