Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with teammates in the dugout after scoring a run in the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium on June 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
Yasiel Puig hit his way in the record book and the Dodgers earned their eighth win in nine games on Sunday in a 6-1 victory over the Phillies. They won three games in the four-game series against Philadelphia.
Stephen Fife had a fantastic start, lasting seven innings and giving up just four hits and one walk for no runs. He tacked on five strikeouts and brought his season ERA down to 2.83.
Fife did not allow more than one runner to reach base in an inning, and induced three double play balls to get the ones that did.
The Dodgers had six runs on 14 hits Sunday, starting the scoring in the fourth inning off the Philles’ Kyle Kendrick. They got singles from Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez, Matt Kemp, A.J. Ellis and Jerry Hairston while Puig and Ramirez also stole a base each in the three-run inning. Ramirez, Kemp and Hairston had the RBI hits.
They tacked on another in the fifth with a triple from Puig, and an Adrian Gonzalez double for a 4-0 lead. In the eighth, A.J. Ellis doubled to right-center to score Matt Kemp, and then was brought home on Scott Van Slyke’s single making the score 6-0.
Yasiel Puig had a historic day going 4-5 with two singles, a double, a triple, two stolen bases and two runs scored. The four hits brought his total to 44 for June, setting a Dodgers rookie record for hits in a month, passing Steve Sax’s record set in August, 1982.
He only played 26 games in June since he was called up on the 3rd, while Sax played in 29. Puig fell short of Joe Dimaggio’s record 48 hits in a player’s first career month, but now ranks second all-time with 44.
The Dodgers brought in Jose Dominguez to make his career debut on Sunday. Dominguez struck out the first batter he faced, Delmon Young, on 97, 99, 99, and 101 mph fastballs. He also sported an off-speed 83 mph change-up in his scoreless inning.
Chris Withrow came in for the ninth. He was promoted from the Minors on Sunday and Matt Guerrier was designated for assignment to make the roster move.
Withrow gave up one run on two hits with one strikeout and was removed to let Paco Rodriguez finish the game.
The Dodgers are back on a two-game winning streak, and have won eight of their last nine games. They head to Colorado and have the day off on Monday.