Holy Havana! Yasiel Puig hits two homers in second big league game (video)
Yasiel Puig, the 22-year-old Cuban defector-turned-instant-phenom for the Los Angeles Dodgers, added to the growing mythology around him by clubbing two home runs in his second career MLB game on Tuesday night, stoking an already impressive flaming-hot debut in the big leagues.
Puig went yard with a three-run shot in the bottom of the fifth inning for his first major league home run that tied the score at 5-5 and added a two-run bomb in the sixth. Puig ended up with 5 RBI in a 9-7 win over the San Diego Padres.
Said Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly about the incredible start his young outfielder has had in a mere two games: “It’s been pretty amazing,” adding, “It’s really just like Spring Training. The stuff he was doing in spring is the same type stuff. Shooting balls the other way out of the ballpark, and then the long one to left.”
Between his stellar performance at the plate on Tuesday and his jaw-dropping play on Monday night when he ended the game by doubling off a runner at first base with a cannon of a throw from the right field warning track, something tells me there’s at least a chance this kid might turn out to be an okay player. Yeah, I’m pretty savvy when it comes to player projections so you can take that to the bank. He’s going to alright.