Two home runs by Puig help Dodgers overpower Padres
LOS ANGELES — Yasiel Puig is trying to improve his punctuality, and a noon start Thursday made for an unusually early morning.
This year, though, Puig is having little trouble getting going early.
Puig hit a pair of two-run homers and stole a base to help the Los Angeles Dodgers rout the San Diego Padres 10-2.
Through the first four games of the season, Puig is batting .417 with three homers.
Puig’s last multihomer game was on June 4, 2013, in his second game in the major leagues, part of an electrifying burst onto the scene. He’s had plenty of issues, though, including speeding tickets and tardiness — in 2014, he was benched on opening day for being late.
“You have to behave yourself and get here early and prepare,” Puig said through an interpreter. “That’s how things are going the right way.”
Asked if he feels like a different person, Puig said: “Yes. I think I’m a little more mature. I’m continuing to work. I know I’m a little older. I’ve been getting older as it goes. I need to keep working and preparing so I can keep helping everyone I’m trying to help.”
Both of Puig’s homers were off Jered Weaver, in the second and fourth innings.
Los Angeles’ Brandon McCarthy (1-0) gave up two runs in six innings.
Weaver, who was making his debut with the Padres after spending the first 11 years of his career with the Los Angeles Angels, allowed four earned runs in five innings. He gave up five hits and three walks — San Diego pitchers issued 11 walks altogether.
“The walks, in general, is what killed me,” Weaver said.
Los Angeles’ Corey Seager was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, and also drew a pair of walks.
Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson was ejected in the seventh inning after he slammed his bat and helmet after being called out on strikes.
Padres catcher Hector San-chez left for precautionary reasons with concussionlike symptoms after taking a foul ball off his mask in the seventh inning.