Puig (3 HRs) muscles Dodgers into 2nd wild card
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ST. LOUIS — The Los Angeles Dodgers arrived in St. Louis for a four-game series with teetering playoff hopes and a need for their marquee players to get hot at just the right time. With three home runs on Saturday, and five in two days, Yasiel Puig has moved beyond hot into sizzle territory.
Puig drove in a career-high seven runs on Saturday in a 17-4 rout over the Cardinals while enjoying the first three-homer game of his career. It was an impressive follow-up to Friday, when he belted two home runs against the Cardinals.
“I feel good at the plate,” Puig said. “I’m trying to look for good pitches to hit and trying to hit the ball in the air, like my teammates and my coaches talked to me. They told me I needed to stop hitting ground balls.”
Yasiel Puig, saying he feels “good” at the plate, followed his teammates’ advice to “stop hitting ground balls” by belting three homers in a 17-4 win over the Cardinals. Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports
With the win, the Dodgers moved a game ahead of the Cardinals for the second wild-card slot in the National League. L.A. has taken the