Going into Wednesday night’s game between the Dodgers and Rockies, just one and a half games separated the two teams at the top of the NL West. To make things even more intense, whomever finishes second in the division might not even get a postseason berth, as the two Wild Card spots are currently filled by two NL Central teams — the Cardinals and Brewers.
A Rockies win on Wednesday would put them just a half-game back, but a loss would see them 2.5 games out with just ten games to go.
The game featured lights-out pitching from Dodgers rookie Walker Buehler, who struck out 12 batters through six innings of work, but it was Yasiel Puig who broke the game open in the seventh. With the game knotted at 2-2 and runners at second and third, Puig blasted a Scott Oberg offering deep into the stands in left-center. Dodgers stadium erupted.
And because you promised you a mighty bat flip, here’s another angle that the ESPN broadcast didn’t catch in real time:
Flip out, Puig. pic.twitter.com/5SHcO8mMzc
— Cut4 (@Cut4) September 20, 2018
The Dodgers still have some work to do, since they haven’t mathematically clinched anything yet. However, Puig had a very matter-of-fact opinion on his team’s playoff chances after the game.
“We’re going to win the West,” Puig said, “and go to the playoffs.”
Frankly, we’re not going to doubt him.