Yasiel Puig hits sixth HR in past 18 at-bats: ‘We’re going to win the West’

Yasiel Puig couldn’t decide which celebration fit best, so he basically used all of them. He rubbed his fingers and flexed his biceps, clapped his hands and raised them to the sky, crossed his arms on his chest and brought them to his helmet, all while rounding third base and heading home to celebrate the game-winning, pinch-hit, three-run homer that keyed another Los Angeles Dodgers triumph.cheap nike nfl jerseys china

Puig’s home run — with two on and one out in the bottom of the seventh — ignited a 5-2 win and a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, pushing the Dodgers to a season-best 2½ games ahead in the National League West with only nine remaining in the season.

“This game, this series, was emblematic of our ballclub,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, “of how many people had their hands in this series to help win three games.”1

The Dodgers have won seven of their past eight, and Puig’s prowess at the plate has mirrored their dominance.

Puig was out of the starting lineup these past two nights because his reverse splits made him a bad matchup against the Rockies’ left-handed starters. He then pinch-hit for Brian Dozier against a right-handed reliever, Scott Oberg, and belted his sixth home run in his past 18 at-bats.

The most recent homer came about 24 hours after his Encino, California, home was burglarized on Tuesday night, the fourth such reported instance in a span of about 18 months.

“I didn’t sleep too much yesterday,” Puig said.new nike nfl jerseys cheap

The 27-year-old outfielder halfheartedly said that “everything’s OK,” but didn’t provide much detail about the situation. Puig left Tuesday’s game early to attend to the matter. He said he thought about making it back to Dodger Stadium before Chris Taylor’s eventual 10th-inning walk-off homer, but there was too much traffic.

“My pilot’s not home; he’s on vacation,” Puig joked. “I didn’t want to drive back.”

“Obviously there’s been some things with him, but with athletes, a lot of times, when they get here, this is their kind of safe zone, where they can kind of get away, escape reality,” Roberts said. “There’s been so many guys for me in my three years that have really grown. And Yasiel is right at the top of the list. He was on the bench the entire game, watching the game, watching the pitcher, getting down there, taking swings, getting ready for a certain spot, and he was prepared.”