One thing Los Angeles Dodgers fan have become accustomed to is eye-opening plays made by right fielder Yasiel Puig. That was definitely the case on Wednesday night when Puig went 4-for-4 with one home run , nearly hitting for the cycle in the Dodgers walk-off win to sweep the series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The one-time All-Star is 9-for-15 since returning from the hamstring injury that caused him to miss over a month. Additionally, the Dodgers have won three of the four games Puig has played in. Recently, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and Howie Kendrick discussed how valuable Puig is to the team, and the difference in the lineup with the energetic right fielder in it.
Puig has not only made a difference at the plate throughout his career, but also in the field. His arm has dazzled Dodgers fans since he came into the league. He has thrown out runners like Brandon Belt at home to save a game, and made an example of Gregor Blanco at third to deter runners from taking an extra base.
As Dodgers fans know, Puig plays with plenty of emotion, so when he is not happy with something he will let it be known. In Wednesday night’s game, with the Dodgers leading 6-4 in the top of the seventh inning, Paul Goldschmidt led off the with a double.
That was followed by a fly ball to right field hit by Yasmany Tomas that Puig caught rather easily. Puig then decided to let loose and chucked a ball towards third attempting to throw out Goldschmidt tagging.
The throw wasn’t Puig’s most accurate and he let loose with some of his frustration by burying his face in his glove. The result was yet another fantastic call by Vin Scully: