Madison Bumgarner-Yasiel Puig tussle mars Dodgers win over Giants
Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner and Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig got into a heated argument that sparked a bench-clearing incident in the latter’s 2-1 win in the opener of a 3-game set Monday at Dodgers Stadium.
Bumgarner and Puig exchanged words after the former threw the latter out at first to end the seventh inning, and it escalated from there.
Shoving started to break out with Giants first baseman Brandon Belt and Dodgers first-base coach George Lombard separating the two and both dugouts and bullpens emptying. No players were ejected,
That would be Bumgarner’s final inning as Mac Williamson pinch-hit for him in the eighth inning.
“All I know is Yasiel took a check swing, ran hard down the baseline and didn’t say a thing. He heard something from Bumgarner and he responded. I know our guy didn’t initiate,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
The Dodgers got the last laugh as they defeated the Giants behind Adrian Gonzalez’s walk-off double.
With the win, the Dodgers extended their National League West lead over the second-place Giants to six games. San Francisco remained a game behind the Mets and fell into a tie with St. Louis for second place in the Wild Card standings.
Clayton Kershaw allowed one unearned run on 3 hits with one walk and 7 strikeouts while Joe Blanton (6-2) earned the win after pitching a scoreless ninth for the Dodgers (85-65).
Bumgarner fanned 10 in seven scoreless frames, allowing just one hit while Javier Lopez (1-3) took the loss for the Giants (79-71).
The Giants will start right-hander Johnny Cueto (6-5) against Rich Hill (12-4) in Tuesday’s second game.