Yasiel Puig ends game by doubling off runner with warning track throw (video)
The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres on Monday night at Dodger Stadium and rookie Yasiel Puig’s contributions to the win, especially in the field, cannot be understated.
In his MLB regular season debut and hitting in the leadoff position, Puig did his part by going 2-4 at the plate, but his remarkable play in right field to end the game is what truly made all the difference.
With one out and Padres outfielder Chris Denorfia on first, Kyle Blanks sent a deep shot to right field. Puig, a Cuban defector just called up on Monday from Double-A Chattanooga, made the catch on the warning track and then fired the ball back to first base, showing off his cannon for an arm by doubling up Denorfia, ending the game and securing the Dodgers a 2-1 victory.
Impressive. Said Puig: “I just thank God that I could end the game like that,” relayed through a translator.
“I’m very happy,” said Puig. “I got two hits. We won the game. I made the last out of the game. Thank God.”