Yasiel Puig’s home run trot debated after Dodgers rout struggling Mets again

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Wednesday night, all he did was stand and admire the majesty of all 409 feet traveled by his three-run home run in the fourth inning of the Dodgers’ 8-2 victory over the New York Mets.Flores, however, took exception and let Puig know it when he passed him at first base. Puig looked back over his shoulder at Flores and responded in a way even novice lip readers could decipher.“I don’t remember,” Puig said through an interpreter when asked what he had said. “I don’t remember either,” Puig said when asked what Flores had said to him.Flores’ memory was much better.“I just told him to run the bases. That was it,” Flores said. “I mean, I don’t think he knows what having respect for the game is. We’re playing horrible right now. We don’t need his (expletive).“He disrespected us. I don’t take that. I don’t think we do. … I think there’s a way to enjoy a home run. You enjoy it. You see it. That was too much.”Flores is unassailably correct on one point – the Mets are playing horrible right now.In addition to Puig’s three-run homer, Yasmani Grandal went deep twice. The Dodgers have hit 12 home runs in this series (three by Grandal) with a different player having a multi-homer game each night – Cody Bellinger on Monday, Corey Seager on Tuesday and Grandal on Wednesday. They have outscored the Mets 30-8 in the first three games of this four-game series.“We’ve been hitting well. We’ve been hitting a lot of home runs,” Puig said. “Maybe that’s why he was upset – because they’re not playing so well.“I don’t look at it that way (as disrespect). But it is what it is.”Puig admitted he took special satisfaction in the home run since it followed an intentional walk to Joc Pederson – “that’s why I took so long.”It took 32.1 seconds for Puig to complete his trip around the bases – the second-longest in MLB this year – and Mets catcher Travis D’Arnaud had words for him when he reached home plate. Between innings, Mets Jose Reyes and Yoenis Cespedes intercepted Puig as he was heading out to right field. Their brief conversation involved some advice from Cespedes – “run faster,” Puig joked later – and calmed any fears of things escalating. Puig had two more uneventful plate appearances in the game.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledged speaking to Puig about his behavior in Cleveland. This time, Roberts seemed to absolve his outfielder of any wrongdoing.“That’s what Yasiel does,” Roberts said. “I don’t think he’s the only player in baseball that takes a little bit longer admiring home runs. He got a good piece of it. I know that he did not mean disrespect.”Puig’s latest attention grab obscured a historic performance by Dodgers starter Rich Hill. But Hill was happier to make progress than this bit of history.He gave up a home run and a double to the first two batters he faced but allowed just two more hits in five strong innings.Hill needed 98 pitches to get through his five innings and has not thrown a pitch in a sixth inning this season. According to Elias Sports, Hill is the first pitcher to start a season with nine consecutive starts of five innings or less.But he unveiled a cutter for the first time, using it to augment a fastball that is down in velocity this season and has been fairly unreliable. That helped produce eight strikeouts including three in a row after the Mets loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth inning when the score was still tied, 1-1.“I think it was just trying to be consistent with the delivery and not trying to do too much … trying to find a fastball that might not be there at this time,” Hill said of Wednesday’s improvement. “Realizing that and identifying that is a huge step in the right direction.”The win gave the Dodgers their third six-game winning streak in the past four weeks, a stretch that has seen them go 20-6 – and move a half-game into first place in the National League West with the Colorado Rockies’ loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.Staff writer J.P. Hoornstra contributed to this story.center_img LOS ANGELES – Maybe Wilmer Flores doesn’t understand. By Yasiel Puig’s standards, he did exercise restraint.After all, just a week ago, the Dodgers’ highly GIF-ted outfielder doubled down on an obscene gesture and directed it at some fans after he hit a home run in Cleveland. Puig drew a one-game suspension for that two-fingered faux pas (which he is appealing).last_img

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