Most players across the big leagues are well aware of Yasiel Puig's powerful right arm. From the players who have been thrown out by the Cuban slugger to the highlight reel throws, the cannon is hardly going to catch one by surprise.
Puig lived up to his reputation during Tuesday’s loss to the Padres.
We can jump right to the top of the 8th inning. The score is tied at 2 between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. Derek Norris leads off with a single, before moving over to second base on a Matt Kemp groundout. Yimi Garcia intentionally walks Justin Upton, bringing Will Middlebrooks to the plate. He lofts a long fly ball down the right field line into foul territory. Puig makes the catch and fires a rocket to third base. Norris is in safely, but the ball reaches third on the fly, even though it's clear Puig didn't fully get behind it.
Norris would score on the next play on a Carl Crawford single, but it was Puig's throw that was still the show-stopper play late in the game that received the most attention. The outfielder also went 1 for 4 at the plate, with a double.
Puig has opened the season one for seven at the plate, and the Dodgers are 1–1.
- Aaron Somers