SAN FRANCISCO (CBSLA.com) — The Cuban sensation Yasiel Puig became the first Dodgers player in over 100 years to hit three triples in a game.
Puig, who started at center field for the first time this season, hit the first triple of the game on a line drive to the center-field wall, the deepest part of the park. The hit was challenged by Don Mattingly after it seemed a fan touched the ball, but after review, the play was upheld.
The second was in the top of the fifth inning, when he hit it in the dead zone of AT&T Park, bringing in Dee Gordon and making it 3-0 Dodgers.
The history-making triple came in the sixth inning. Puig hit a line drive to right-center field, where he cruised with a stand-up triple while driving in Dee Gordon and making the score 7-0.
In all three at bats, the “wild horse” flashed out of the batters box rather than doing his usual flip of the bat. He finished 4 for 5 for the night.
Matt Kemp and Dee Gordon also had a triples of their own. The Dodgers gained a whole game on the Giants, winning 8-1, and are within half game of the division.
The franchise record of three triples in a single game was set by Jimmy Sheckard of Brooklyn Dodgers on April 18, 1901.
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