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:
Puig said he slid into home on the walk-off because a teammate in Cuba leaped into the plate and got hurt
— Pedro Moura (@PedroMoura) July 29, 2013
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.
In case you missed it, be sure to find out the latest on Matt Kemp’s ankle injury.