The Strike Zone

Watch: Yasiel Puig admires his shot and still legs out a standup triple

Yasiel Puig showed plenty of emotion after recording his first hit of the series. (Harry How/Getty Images)Yasiel Puig showed plenty of emotion after recording his first hit of the series. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Yasiel Puig failed to reach base in his first 11 plate appearances in the National League Championship series, striking out in seven of them, and the Dodgers failed to score in 22 straight innings after the third inning of Game 1.  Both of those droughts came to an end in the fourth inning of Game 3. With the game still scoreless, Mark Ellis led off the bottom of the fourth with a double off Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright. After a Hanley Ramirez fly out, Adrian Gonzalez doubled Ellis home to break the Dodgers' scoreless streak. Hanley Ramirez then ground out to push Gonzalez to third, bringing up Puig with two outs.

Puig being Puig, he laced Wainwright's 2-1 pitch to deep right field, flipped his bat and threw his arms in the air to celebrate what he believed was a two-run home run, then, when the ball hit just shy of the top of the low wall in Dodger Stadium's right field, Puig hit the gas and wound up with a stand-up triple. Heck, maybe it's good that he showboated at the plate, or he would have been thrown out trying to get an inside-the-park home run.

Puig singled in his third and final at-bat of the game, and The Dodgers won 3-0 behind a stellar outing from Hyun-jin Ryu. L.A. will try to tie up the series at two games a piece on Tuesday with Ricky Nolasco facing off against the Cardinals' Lance Lynn.
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