LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yasiel Puig's reaction to his home run off Madison Bumgarner, and the left-hander's response to Puig's ensuing celebration, was the subject of discussion in both clubhouses after another typical Giants-Dodgers game that produced plenty to talk about.
Puig's fifth homer of the season was the only offense Los Angeles could muster in Paul Maholm's 3-1 loss to NL West-leading San Francisco. It was the 12th time in the last 15 meetings between the teams that the Dodgers have scored fewer than four runs.
The Giants were leading 3-0 when Puig homered to center in the sixth, after taking a called third strike his previous time up and stranding Justin Turner at third base. As soon as Puig made contact, he flipped the bat away, walked a few feet toward first base and began a slow trot around the bases.
"Honestly, I think Puig overreacted a little bit. I don't know," teammate Scott Van Slyke said. "He felt like he had an unfair pitch thrown to him the previous time up, and then he acted like he got him back. But Puig's an emotional guy. Some people just have that fire in them when they play, and it comes out sometimes. I wouldn't necessarily say that it's wrong or right. It's just that there's lots of different personalities in the world, and you've just got to learn to deal with them."
Bumgarner walked toward the third base line and had a few choice words for Puig as he approached home plate. But the hostilities ended there with some quick action by plate umpire Will Little, who intercepted Bumgarner.
"It always surprises me when guys react to things — when their team does the same-type stuff," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "The double standard for me is always amazing. I'm not quite sure what he's upset about. Yasiel hit it, he flipped it and he ran. I'm not quite sure what he's upset about, honestly. You can't be mad at one guy when your team does the same-type stuff. Obviously, Yasiel's a little bit of a lightning rod."
Bumgarner chose to stay above the fray after the game.
"I was just congratulating him," the pitcher said, tongue in cheek. "That was a really good swing. That was pretty impressive. I don't know why everybody got so mad. It escalated quickly for no reason.
"I think he said, 'Thank you.' I'm not sure if he did. I don't speak Spanish very well. But it's always a passionate series when you play the Dodgers, and it's fun. No matter what the records are, either team could be 30 games out and it's still going to be a big series just because it's the Giants and Dodgers."
Hanley Ramirez was the next batter and took a 1-1 pitch for a strike that had Mattingly chirping from the dugout. Little ejected Mattingly, who came running out to argue some more.