Justin Verlander entered Tuesday’s start with a 13-0 home record against National League opponents. The Los Angeles Dodgers brought with them the best road record in all of baseball and no slouch in Hyun-Jin Ryu, who took the mound with a 6-1 record away from Chavez Ravine.
The Dodgers hit Verlander hard in the first inning, scoring five runs on four hits with Juan Uribe’s two-run home run on an 0-2 count after fouling off pitches to stay alive. With the Dodgers still leading 5-0, Torii Hunter led off the second inning for the Detroit Tigers with a single off the right field wall.
All in one motion, Puig positioned himself to field the carom off the wall, spun and delivered a perfect strike to second base to nail Hunter on his attempt to stretch the single into a double. While Hunter was ruled out, the play would be reviewed and overturned.
It wound up being the beginning of the end for Ryu as he allowed five runs in the inning and the Tigers went on to rout the Dodgers.
Nonetheless, it was an impressive play by Puig that would’ve been another highlight to add to his collection if Miguel Rojas had applied a better tag.
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