It was something that nobody had ever seen before until yesterday, but Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig continues to amaze in his second month at the big league level.

In a scoreless game yesterday that saw the Dodgers strikeout 20 times against Reds pitching, Puig belted the game-winning solo home run off Reds reliever Curtis Partch.

The bizarre thing was when Puig was coming towards the Dodgers players surrounding home plate, he slid into home instead of jumping up and down in celebration. However, Pedro Moura of the OC Register found out why Puig didn’t stay upright:

It certainly makes sense if Puig is telling the truth and after what happened to former Angels DH Kendrys Morales after a walkoff grand slam, it’s not the worst idea.

While Puig has definitely struggled in his second month at the big league level, he’s still hitting .299 with three home runs in July after an incredible June.

Puig has infused an energy into the Dodgers that few saw coming as they’re on a 26-6 run that has them 2.5 games ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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In case you missed it, be sure to find out the latest on Matt Kemp’s ankle injury.

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7 Responses

  1. Brent

    Actually Ricky Henderson slid into home after a homerun several years ago. I believe he was with the Padres at the time…and I can’t remember if it was a milestone homerun, or just a game winner.

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  2. Alan

    If he had hustled to score in that play, he would’ve been safe easily without having to slide; avoiding the injury all-together. Anyone else disappointed in that aspect?!

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  3. Ashamed of Alan

    Alan, please cease being a Dodger fan. Thanks.

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  4. KimP

    Puig is a breath of fresh air for MLB. He carries no ego and plays as one who truly loves the game. Jealousy will get you nowhere. Puig is good for the Dodgers and he is good for baseball. More players should have this much fun playing such a great game.

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  5. Big Daddy

    @ Brent, Actually what you are thinking of is the time Henderson scored on a bases loaded walk to end the game. That run meant that he broke the all time runs scored record, and he slid into home as a tribute to his Mom.
    @ Ashamed of Alan, you are out of line. Alan is right on the money-Kemp needs to hustle more. He should never have put himself in that position. The fact that you are calling Alan out for telling the truth about Kemp makes you sound like a blind homer who looks at his team through rose colored glasses. I am a die hard Dodger fan but they are not beyond reproach. Good observation Alan. And yes, I was disappointed because it was his forst game back and he was having a monster game. This has been a hugely disappointing season for Kemp thus far.

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  6. Big Daddy

    Btw, nothing wrong with the Puig slide into home. Everyone criticizing needs to lighten up. The kid has great energy, and I think most of the people being so hard on him wish he was on their team.

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