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Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig awakens with RBI triple during 3-0 victory in NLCS Game 3

David Brown
Big League Stew

Yasiel Puig flipped his bat in epic fashion as though he had hit a home run. Instead, when the ball hit off the bottom of the fence in right field, he had to turn on the jets for a triple. Puig celebrated hard at third base, too. Finally, he had something to celebrate in the National League Championship Series.

Puig also hit a leadoff single in the seventh. He was 2 for 3 in the Dodgers' 3-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the NLCS. The Dodgers got their first win in the series, which the Cardinals still lead 2-1.

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Coming in 0 for 11 with seven strikeouts, Puig's RBI triple put the Los Angeles Dodgers ahead 2-0 against ace right-hander Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning Game 2 on Monday night. The Dodgers came in just as inoffensive as Puig, not having scored in 22 innings over three games until Adrian Gonzalez blooped an RBI double two batters before Puig stepped in.

Puig's judgment already has been questioned, sometimes for reasons like his bat flips. The "right way" to play is to bust your tail out of the box. It's not likely that Puig could have scored on the play if he had, but there might be triples in his future that could have been inside-the-park home runs. Perhaps a compromise is in order: Puig should do an epic bat flip every time he hits it into the outfield (he almost does it anyway) but he also should run hard on every hit from the get-go, like Adam Rosales of the Ranger (and earlier the A's). This way, we get entertaining but harmless bat flips, and Puig gets every ounce out of his talent.

There's nothing wrong with getting excited after you're safe at third. He should just carry on there.

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Not to be overlooked: Rookie left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu had allowed only two hits and a walk to the Cardinals through seven innings. The Cardinals defense also has been weak, and David Freese had to leave the game because of a leg injury.

David Brown is an editor at Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Engage him at @AnswerDave on Twitter, where you also can find @bigleaguestew, @Townie813, and @MikeOz. And check out the BLS Facebook Page.
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