In the final days leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline it was reported the Los Angeles Dodgers were willing to listen to trade offers on Yasiel Puig. While some have been clamoring for the Cuban native to be traded, the idea Puig was actively shopped was unfounded.
The deadline came and went and the dynamic outfielder remained in Los Angeles. Frankly, it didn’t come as much of a surprise given Puig’s talent and team-friendly contract. Talented as he may be, Puig played second fiddle to Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout on Saturday as it was the first meeting in Major League Baseball history between reigning MVPs.
However, in the process of Kershaw holding Trout without a hit, Puig’s twice became the center of attention. The first instance came in the bottom of the second inning when Puig worked a full count against Angels rookie pitcher Andrew Heaney and drew a walk.
Called ball four appeared to cross the strike zone, which upset Angels manager Mike Scioscia, leading to an exchange of words with home plate umpire Chris Segal and subsequent ejection:
Then in the seventh inning with the Dodgers leading 3-0, Puig got a late jump on a sinking liner and made up for it with a full-extension diving catch to rob Trout of a likely extra-base hit: