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It seems apparent that Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig will continue to be a flashpoint in the simmering antipathy between Los Angeles and Arizona Diamondbacks.
That animosity came to head last month with a bench-clearing brawl -- in which Puig played a supporting role by throwing a couple of haymakers -- that resulted in suspensions for five players, plus various managers and coaching personnel for both teams. And even though both teams have pledged to play nice, but hard in their remaining head-to-head matchups, the bad blood doesn't figure to go away anytime soon. Quite the contrary, now that the Dodgers are breathing down the Diamondbacks necks in the NL West standings.
Case in point, the second post-brawl meeting between the two teams on Tuesday night. The Dodgers had their way with the D-backs for the second straight night, winning 6-1 to close the gap in the standings to 2 12 games. They broke the game open in the fifth inning -- going up 4-0 on Adrian Gonzalez's bases-loaded fly ball to the warning track in center field that Adam Eaton dropped after he stumbled and fell.
Ricky Nolasco and Carl Crawford scored on the error, and Puig, who was on first base, tried to follow Crawford home, running through a stop sign from third-base coach Tim Wallach. The throw was there well ahead of time, and he was tagged out after what appeared to be a half-hearted attempt to run through catcher Miguel Montero. Puig and Montero then engaged in a bit of a staredown, and Montero pointed him toward the dugout with a finger wag.
"He came in hard," Montero said. "He's playing the game hard. He's just trying to score. I'm trying to block the plate as well. You don't need to look at me if you get out. That's it. I'm not starting anything. He's looking at me, like, I don't know He was out. That's all I care. The damage was already done.
"I think it's just the way the kid plays. Other guys are taking it the wrong way, maybe. Maybe not. It seems like sometimes he might get in trouble, not with the D-backs, but with somebody else. He plays the game hard."
At the very least, Puig has certainly captured the Diamondbacks attention, as he's done with the rest of the baseball world.
"He plays with a lot of arrogance," Diamondbacks starting pitcher Ian Kennedy said. "He's young. He's a pretty good player. ... I don't know if he was trying to run him over or what."
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