The Dodgers got back to their series-winning ways this afternoon, taking the rubber match with the Cubs behind solo shots from Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier, as well as a fifth-inning Cubs implosion ignited by a throwing error by Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson, which lead to a two-run frame. Ricky Nolasco had another impressive performance, 8.0 IP of 3 H, 0 R ball (1 BB, 11 Ks), and Kenley Jansen closed it out in the ninth.
Not that this game wasn't without intrigue, however. First of all, it was hot as all get out at the Stadium. But besides that, Yasiel Puig, who started the game in right field, was pulled from the game in the fifth inning for "disciplinary reasons". It was unclear whether that was because Puig didn't go hard into second in the first inning, abdicating an attempt to break up the double play (which the Cubs pulled off); or whether his K in the 3rd was just too painful. Or, as ESPN suggests, but I didn't note, perhaps because Puig made some fly outs in right that appeared to be a little too cavalier. Either way, seeing Skip Schumaker in the fifth was odd. So let's hope this isn't anything serious, just a Puig blip.
To his credit, Puig was mature about his early dismissal:
"I wanted to finish the game, but I agreed with the explanation," Puig said. "The meeting went well. We talked about what every player needs to do to prepare for every pitch."
And here's Beto Duran:
Puig said meeting with Mattingly was good "he explained what I have to do. Give 100% dont matter if your tired"— Beto Duran (@DuranSports) August 28, 2013
Dodgers rest up tomorrow before three with the Padres at home, starting Friday.