Dodgers News: Puig, Mattingly Weigh In On Issue With Bumgarner
The Los Angeles Dodgers lost another game to the San Francisco Giants Friday, putting them in the midst of their first three-game losing streak this season, dropping them to 4-6 in their last 10 games and they are now just one game above .500.
The Giants are now 6-2 against the Dodgers this season and have held the Dodgers to one run in three of the eight games. Yasiel Puig gave the Dodgers their only run off Madison Bumgarner with a solo home run in sixth. It was the only blemish for Bumgarner, who struck out eight and gave the Dodgers fits through eight innings.
Puig’s home run made for a tense moment as he exchanged words with Bumgarner prior to crossing home plate. In a post-game interview, Puig wouldn’t elaborate on what was said other than stating he understood Bumgarner, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez:
Puig said he understood what Bumgarner was shouting at him, but wouldn't say what.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) May 10, 2014
Nothing came of Bumgarner and Puig’s exchange and the Giants pitcher maintains he was simply congratulating Puig. Manager Don Mattingly was ejected in the following at-bat for arguing over the strike zone, but he also expressed frustration with the home plate umpire, reports Orange County Register’s Pedro Moura:
Mattingly said he was upset that HP umpire Will Little did not punish Bumgarner: "The umpire's gotta get out there and do something."
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) May 10, 2014
The Dodgers and Giants will meet for two more games this weekend, which presents plenty of opportunities for retaliation. Though it was not intentional, Paul Maholm hit Giants first baseman Brandon Belt on his left hand, which broke his thumb. At the conclusion of the four-game set on Sunday, the two teams won’t meet again until July 25 for the start of a three-game series in San Francisco.
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Puig needs to stop flipping the bat after every hit. Keep your head down and play the game. You’re still losing more games than you should.
Pay attention dummy he did put his head down rounding the bases!