LOS ANGELES -- On any given night, you can come to the ballpark with a reasonable expectation you'll see something on the field you've never seen. If Yasiel Puig is playing, you can practically count on it.
The Los Angeles Dodgers' phenom slammed full-speed into an outfield wall and, 15 minutes later, had a freakish seventh-inning single to drive in the tying and go-ahead runs in a 6-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium. It was the Dodgers' sixth straight win.
Facing reliever Justin De Fratus with the bases loaded and two outs, Puig fell into an 0-and-2 hole and De Fratus made another good pitch, a slider several inches outside and low to try to strike him out. Puig not only made contact, he somehow pulled it through the hole into left field to drive in A.J. Ellis and Juan Uribe with the pivotal runs.
Puig rarely slows down, not when a throw from the outfield has him beat by 20 feet and not when he is about to run full-sprint into a highly immovable object. He collided hard with a sign that said, "Pacific Rim," on the right-field wall chasing down Chase Utley's line-drive home run in the seventh inning.
If you recall, that's virtually the same place Bryce Harper hit on May 13, causing a knee injury that still hasn't healed. Puig, like Harper, stayed in the game. The Dodgers can only hope Puig doesn't eventually prove to be injured. Harper played for nearly two weeks before the Washington Nationals had to put him on the 15-day disabled list.
The Dodgers looked as if they might knock rookie Jonathan Pettibone out of the game in the first inning, after they bunched three straight hits to take a 3-0 lead. But Delmon Young made a nice running catch to take a double away from A.J. Ellis.
After Nick Punto's leadoff hit in the second, Pettibone got 15 straight outs. Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier each had RBI doubles in the three-run first and Kemp had two eighth-inning stolen bases to help the Dodgers add a key insurance run.
Zack Greinke wasn’t particularly sharp. He had to pitch around trouble all evening, allowing 12 hits through seven innings.