The Dodgers-Giants rivalry went up a notch on Tuesday night in Los Angeles, while the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig was at the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Puig fouled off a pitch — that he thought he should’ve crushed — and angrily slapped his bat, something he did in Monday night’s game as well. San Francisco catcher Nick Hundley didn’t appreciate Puig’s antics.

The two players started jawing, and then came the fireworks. Puig gave Hundley a couple of shoves, and naturally, the benches and bullpens cleared. Dodgers first base coach George Lombard held Hundley back in scrum, but Puig still was able to get a slap on Hundley’s helmet.

Both players were ejected from the game.

Alright, first of all, a fight starting over a bat slap is a bit much. Hundley had no reason to make a big thing out of this. But Puig obviously can’t start shoving and trying to punch the guy either.

Puig especially needs to have better self-control there when you consider the Dodgers are in a fight for not just the NL West, but a playoff berth in general. The Giants went on to the win the game 2-1, putting the Dodgers 1.5 games back in the NL West and 2.5 games back for the second NL Wild Card slot. Los Angeles is behind multiple teams in each race and has lost five straight games.

Now Puig — who has 15 homers and .805 OPS this season — will surely be suspended multiple games, with only a month and a half left in the season. With closer Kenley Jansen already out due to an irregular heartbeat (his absence has been heavily felt during the five-game losing streak), the Dodgers can’t really afford to continue losing key players at this point.

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3 thoughts on “Giants and Dodgers get into it, and Yasiel Puig definitely has a suspension coming

  1. No excuse for Puig pushing and then hitting Hundley (even though they weren’t all Puig had), though. Puig deserves a suspension, not so much Hundley. Also, what’s up with the Dodger 1B coach Lombard doing the ‘takedown’ on Hundley? A little bit much. He should draw a suspension as well. If I did that to someone in a pickup game, not only would I get banned from that parks and rec district, there’d be charges for assault and battery coming and likely a lawsuit. The LA DA should set an example and press charges against Puig; even if the guy has no record (he’d get diversion which means counseling, the completion would get him a dismissal of the charges), there’s no excuse for this. Else, let it be, “I went to the fights and a baseball game broke out!”.

  2. At some point MLB has to realize that when there is always trouble with one guy, it can’t always be the other teams fault. Puig is notorious for causing trouble. He is a good player, but has a horrible attitude and no respect for the game. Hundley probably didn’t need to tell him to get back in the box, but I can understand why. Everyone except die-hard Dodger fans (and even some of them) is sick of Puig’s antics. Respect the game and act like you are a professional, not some punk thug.
    P.S. Still would pay to see Puig and MadBum go at it! LOL!

  3. No one likes Puig, not even the Dodgers. That said, the first base coach needs to be suspended for tackling Hundley and it was sure classic LA hood mentality that one guy held Hundley and no one stopped Puig. Nothing like 2 on 1 kind of stuff. And for the asshats who commented that Puig always hustles, every damn “highlight” in the field begins with a misplayed ball, a dropped ball, a booted ball or whatever then he makes a good throw. The guy needs to grow the hell up. No one wants to see a two year drama queen out there and slapping that bat near Hundley wasn’t real cool. Also love how Puig tries to come off as holier than thou when he won’t repeat what Hundley said right after Puig shouted F U U CK at 1000 decibels. Classless basstard could at least cuss in spanish

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