The Phillies were up 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning of their game against the Dodgers on Thursday night, and though Los Angeles had the bases loaded, Philadelphia and reliever Justin De Fratus had two outs and an 0-2 count on Yasiel Puig. The Dodgers had them right where they wanted them. De Fratus's next pitch was a perfectly placed slider just off the outside corner, a pitch most hitters would either strike out on, foul off, or take hoping for a favorable call. Puig? He pulled it (you read that correctly) through the left side for a two-RBI single that gave the Dodgers a 5-4 lead they woudn't relinquish. Dig:
Not to be outdone, Matt Kemp, in his third game since being activated off the disabled list, led off the eighth with a single, stole second and third, and scored on an A.J. Ellis sacrifice fly to give the Dodgers an insurance run in their eventual 6-4 victory, their sixth in a row. Kemp is now 9-for-9 in steal attempts this season after stealing just nine in 13 attempts all of last year. Puig, meanwhile, saw his batting average fell to .427, but he could go 2 for his next 11 and still get to 100 at-bats with a .400 batting average (hat tip to blogging great Jon Weisman for that one).