Yasiel Puig was nearly two months into his MLB career when the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Cincinnati Reds for a four-game series. The Dodgers dropped the first game of the series, but bounced back to win the next two and were looking for another series win during what wound up being a remarkable 42-8 stretch.
The Dodgers and Reds played into extra innings as offense was at a premium. Reds pitchers combined for 20 strikeouts with Tim Federowicz, Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez and Puig striking out three times each. Puig was also picked off in the seventh inning after walking on a full count and with Gonzalez at the plate.
With two outs in the 11th inning and Reds reliever Curtis Partch on the mound for his second inning of work, Puig stepped into the batter’s box and provided another highlight. On an 0-1 pitch, Puig crushed the ball halfway up the left field pavilion for a walk-off home run. The right fielder quickly rounded the bases and finished the home run trot with a slide into home.
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