Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig was frustrated for six weeks when he missed time due to a hamstring issue.
However, since returning, the All-Star outfielder has hit safely in all seven games he’s played in and has been more disciplined at the plate in terms of taking pitches and working counts. Puig had given the offense a bit of a jolt that was needed after a rough May, but they have still struggled to put up a ton of runs recently.
In what was another low-scoring output on Monday night against the Texas Rangers, the 24-year-old came to the plate with a chance to jumpstart the offense and help the Dodgers erase some of, if not all, a three-run deficit. Puig came to bat against Rangers’ reliever, Tanner Scheppers, with runners on first and second and one out with the Dodgers down 4-1. Puig had already struck out twice in the game before his crucial eighth inning at-bat.
Puig worked the count to 2-2 and then struck out on a fastball that was over the plate and lower in the strike zone. What followed that strikeout was part impressive, part destructive when he broke his bat over his right thigh before taking the pieces and throwing them in disgust down the players tunnel, breaking some fluorescent light bulbs in the process.
Adrian Gonzalez would also be retired to strand the runners and the Dodgers eventually lost, 4-1. Although it’s been done before, Puig brought memories of former MLB player Bo Jackson, who Puig has been compared to before and who broke his bat in various forms after a frustrating strikeout.
While impressive, the Dodgers have to hope that Puig won’t ever have to do that again.
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