Another Day In The Headlines For Former Lookout Yasiel Puig

Seventh Inning Hit Leads To Dodgers Win Over Phillies

Friday, June 28, 2013
Lookouts fans were fortunate to see a Star of Tomorrow in his limited action in Chattanooga.
Lookouts fans were fortunate to see a Star of Tomorrow in his limited action in Chattanooga.
- photo by Tim Evearitt

The Dodgers can't stop Yasiel Puig from crashing into walls and won't try to, as long as he keeps getting up and winning games the way he did Thursday night.

The rookie's two-run, two-out single in the seventh inning with the bases loaded was the difference in a 6-4 win over the Phillies that extended the Dodgers' win streak to a season-high six games.

Puig finished by going 1-for-4 with 2 RBI. His average is at .427.

Mattingly hasn't been immune to Puigmania, as he gave the rookie the green light on a 3-0 pitch with two outs, Nick Punto on third base in the second inning and Adrian Gonzalez on deck. Puig grounded out.

But Puig seems to turn the page easily. After flailing wildly at the first two sliders he received from reliever Justin De Fratus in the seventh inning, he reached far across the plate and muscled a third slider past shortstop Jimmy Rollins for the two-run single.

Zack Greinke (5-2) got the win, even though he couldn't protect a three-run first-inning lead the Dodgers offense ran up on Jonathan Pettibone, who would later retire 15 straight.

Along with Puig rewriting the record books, the Dodgers enjoyed a bonus bolt from Matt Kemp, who created an insurance run in the eighth inning with a single and two two steals before scoring on a sacrifice fly from A.J. Ellis -- as if Kemp never had a strained hamstring.

Add in a two-run double by Andre Ethier in a three-run first inning and the Dodgers finally have that potent outfield they thought they put together, with Puig the surprise replacement for the injured Carl Crawford. This was the first game with Ethier sliding over to left field and he caught all three balls hit his way.

Greinke allowed a second-inning home run to Domonic Brown and a seventh-inning go-ahead shot by Chase Utley that cleared the wall at the same time Puig nearly knocked it over.

Kemp, however, doesn't want to see Puig lose a collision to a wall the way Kemp did last year in Colorado, leading to serious shoulder surgery. Kemp also separated a shoulder running into the Dodger Stadium wall as a rookie.

"That's a big boy. I don't know if that wall can hold him. I think he beat up the wall more than the wall beat him up. I know the wall got me. It didn't get him. I'm just glad he's still out there on the field," Kemp said.

---- Source: MLB.com

For more on Puig's exploits, check out this article in the L. A. Times.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-plaschke-dodgers-puig-20130628,0,2514628.column

Puig is a dangerous free-swinger at the plate.
Puig is a dangerous free-swinger at the plate.
- Photo2 by Tim Evearitt

RBI Southeast Regional Tournament Begins Tomorrow Morning In Chattanooga

Chattanooga RBI will be hosting the 2014 RBI Southeast Regional tournament, which begins Friday morning on fields throughout the Chattanooga area.  Six leagues throughout the region will be competing in the Junior, Senior and Softball Divisions to earn a berth to the 2014 RBI World Series, the championship tournament of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program.  ... (click for more)

State Junior Team Tennis Here This Weekend

Five hundred junior tennis players in age groups from 8-and-under to 18-and-under from across the state will descend on Chattanooga this weekend for three days of accurate overheads, crisp half volleys and solid serves for the State Junior Team Tennis Championship. Beginning with pool play on Friday as well as a players party at the Chattanooga Lookouts game (Fireworks ... (click for more)

EPB Files With FCC To Expand TV, Phone, Internet Offerings Outside Electric Service Area

 EPB announced Thursday that it has filed a petition to the FCC "in an effort to respond to neighboring communities’ requests for access to the company’s gigabit enabled high-speed Internet service." Officials said, "EPB offers high-speed Internet access, video programming and voice services using a fiber optic communications network that allows the company to deliver these ... (click for more)

Black Creek Developers Say They "Followed The Rules" On $9 Million TIF: To Continue Project

The developers of the Black Creek project at Aetna Mountain said Thursday they "complied precisely by the rules when we applied for and received approval of the TIF district." Doug Stein said the group plans to continue on with the project, which he said earlier would include the creation of a small town on a huge undeveloped tract on the mountain above Black Creek (formerly ... (click for more)

Pickle Ball? - And Response

Collegedale has done some wonderful things for its residents.  The Greenway is a perfect example of money well spent on helping to give her residents the opportunity to improve their lives, at least from a health standpoint. Having taught at Wolftever Creek for a decade plus, I was fortunate to have opportunity to take my classes on walks from time to time.  It provided ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The NCAA’s “Division IV”

Jonathan Jensen and Brian Turner are two very smart guys. Not long ago the two sports researchers at Ohio State authored a story that appeared in the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports that focused on the most successful college football teams in the country and, earlier this week, a writer named Ben Cohen broke it down in understandable terms for a fascinating Wall Street ... (click for more)