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Matheny dodges Puig celebration chatter

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By John Bailey By John Bailey

(BaseballStL) -- Yasiel Puig was hitless in his first 11 at-bats with seven strikeouts before snapping his drought with a run-producing triple in the fourth inning of Game 3 Monday.

Watching it fly from his bat, Puig put his hands up with a slight walk before realizing it wasn’t going over the right field wall. Instead it caromed off the wall with a strange angle as Carlos Beltran went to field it.

It wasn’t the home run he initially thought it was. So what was he thinking when he realized the ball wasn’t going out?

“Just to get as many bases as I could on my hit,” Puig said.

Puig made up for his lack of hustle at first to reach third base and drove in Adrian Gonzalez who brought in the game’s first run with a double two batters earlier.

After the game, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny worked around a question about whether Puig’s celebration bothered him.

“He's a good player, there is no question about it,” Matheny said. “Guys are going to handle successes and failures however they're going to handle them, and that's not really our say.”

While Matheny talked around the issue, Game 3 starter Adam Wainwright said he didn't see Puig's celebration. He did happen to catch Adrian Gonzalez's reaction. 

"I didn't see it. I saw Adrian doing some Mickey Mouse stuff out there but I didn't see what Yasiel did," he said. "Those guys are fired up. This is playoff baseball. They wanted it over there and that's the way it goes sometimes."

In his first at-bat, Puig struck out looking on a questionable pitch that appeared low out of the strike zone. He would later add a single to leadoff of the seventh inning.

Puig is now 2-for-13 with an RBI in three NLCS games.


Scott Bierman covers the Cardinals for and the BaseballStL mobile app. You can follow him on Twitter @Scott_Bierman for St. Louis sports news and notes.

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