Monday, July 29, 2013

#Dodgers Beat Reds 1-0 on Yasiel Puig's Walk-Off Home Run in 11th Inning

I'm truly a suffering Angels fan, but the Dodgers are a reliable backup favorite. And they've had a lot of excitement this season, not least with Yaseil Puig.

At LAT, "Yasiel Puig homer has whiff-prone Dodgers smelling like a rose in win":

Yasiel Puig's phenomenal rookie season reached a new pinnacle Sunday when he turned a historic display of futility into a footnote washed away by more Dodgers glory.

Puig, after flailing through three of the team's 20 strikeouts against the Cincinnati Reds, hammered an 11th-inning home run into Dodger Stadium's left-field pavilion, delivering his team a 1-0 victory.

The strikeout total broke the record for the most by a Dodgers team in the modern era (since 1900), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"You put your at-bats behind you every single time — what's in the past is in the past," said Puig, who thrust both arms upward in the instant after his bat charged through a changeup delivered by Reds reliever Curtis Partch (0-1).

"Even though three of those 20 strikeouts were mine, I kept giving it everything I had," Puig, speaking in Spanish, said through a translator. "We adjusted inning by inning, and the result was the result. My team won."

The victory, their 26th in 32 games, made the first-place Dodgers 9-1 since the All-Star break and 56-48 overall, and increased their lead over Arizona to 2 1/2 games in the National League West.
More at that top link. Hopefully they don't get cocky.