Yasiel Puig homers twice, Dodgers overpower Padres 10-2

Dodgers News – Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Dodgers News – Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

"I told (Padres first baseman Wil) Myers, 'Wow, it hurts when you guys get hit, huh?'" said the Dodgers left-hander who has hit 115 batters in his professional career as a pitcher (minors and majors) but had never been hit as a batter before an errant fastball from Trevor Cahill collided with the back of his right hand in the second inning Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) San Diego Padres pitcher Jered Weaver throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, April 6, 2017. The Padres (1-3) head home to Petco Park where they will host the San Francisco Giants, while the Dodgers (3-1) head to Denver to take on the Colorado Rockies at 1:10PM PST tomorrow.

Yasiel Puig is trying to improve his punctuality, and a noon start Thursday made for an unusually early morning. Injuries have plagued him the just two reasons, keeping him off the mound more than on. He finished third in last season's NL Rookie of the Year voting after going 16-11 with a 3.48 ERA in 32 starts.

Puig's first home run was his second of the season, and boy did it go far. Power and patience will be the two keys to success for Puig in 2017. The next pitch was in roughly the same area as the first: middle-middle.

Dodgers: RHP Brandon McCarthy goes for LA, completing the four-game homestand. But a 5 for 12, three-homer series is hard to ignore.

"From what I've seen in Yasiel in years past to now, he has really grown up", Roberts said. It's worth wondering how long that will continue if Puig stays hot.

"The thing with Yasiel is, early on in his career, the league didn't know how to approach him", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. He's had to make those adjustments as well. He is being disciplined with his approach.

"It's more credit now that he's started off this series well in the sense that they're pitching him tough". He was touched for four runs on five hits, walking three and striking out two.

Brandon McCarthy (1-0), who had Tommy John surgery in 2015 and an ensuing case of the yips a year ago, faced 17 batters - two over the minimum - through five innings. He was allowed to throw 78 pitches Thursday. "Right now it's just full-go". Six Padres pitchers combined to issue 11 walks.

Fantasy Impact Pederson has been quiet with the bat since his grand slam on Monday and has struck out in 5 of his 13 plate appearances overall. When Myers dropped the throw on a routine grounder and a second run scored, it looked like it would be another offensive show. Logan Forsythe got his first start at third base on a day off for Justin Turner.

There was a scary moment in the outfield earlier in the game, when Dodgers' left fielder, Andrew Toles, collided with center fielder, Joc Pederson, on a fly ball that fell in-between the two. He had three hits in four at bats including a double in the top of the ninth inning. It was his first game as a Padre after 322 as an Angel.

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