Los Angeles Dodgers: A Look Back At Yasiel Puig’s First Week In The Majors
Yasiel Puig's First Week in The Majors
By now, you have all heard of Yasiel Puig. The Los Angeles Dodgers rookie phenom was the big story in Major League Baseball last week when he made his debut in Dodger blue. The Cuban defector has been compared to Bo Jackson and Mickey Mantle. His raw athletic ability is unmatched, and the energy he brought to Dodgers Stadium lit up Hollywood.
The longtime scout who signed Puig, Logan White, called him the best prospect he has ever signed and legend has it that Puig beat up Chuck Norris and Paul Bunyan in a fight – blindfolded. Obviously the last part of the last sentence is a joke, but the 22-year-old’s talent is not.
During his first week with the Dodgers, he hit four home runs, drove in 10 runs and batted .464 (13 hits in 28 at bats). His four home runs were off four different pitch types and three of them were in clutch moments that either tied the game or gave the Dodgers the lead. He became the second player since 1916 to have four home runs in his first five games and he also became the first Dodger to have five multi-hit games in his first seven starts.
He also had two remarkable outfield assists that made fans ooh and awe.
So where were you the week Yasiel Puig made his debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers? If you missed it, here is a slideshow recap of Puig’s first seven days in The Show.
Game 1: June 3
Stats: 2-for-4, one outfield assist
Puig burst onto the scene in his first game and picked up two singles in four at-bats. But his best moment came in the field when fans got their first glimpse of his rocket arm. It happened in the ninth inning when he caught a fly ball on the warning track in right field and rifled the ball to first base to throw out Chris Denorfia for the game-clinching double-play.
Game 2: June 4
Stats: 3-for-4, two runs, double, two home runs, five RBIs.
Puigmania became into full circle during his second start when he blasted two home runs to help lead the Dodgers to a 9-7 win. His first home run was a three-one shot to deep left field that tied the game in the sixth inning. One inning later he hit a laser over the right field wall to extend the Dodgers' lead.
Game 3: June 5
Stats: 0-for-4, two strikeouts
Game three for Puig was his, "Welcome to the Majors" moment. It was the first and only game he struggled at the plate by going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Game 4: June 6
Stats: 2-for-4, one run, one home run, four RBIs
Puig hit his first career grand slam to help the Dodgers to a 5-0 win over the first-place Braves.
Game 5: June 7
Stats: 1-for-3, one run, one home run, one RBI, one walk
Puig showed off his home run stroke again when he blasted a solo home run to tie the score in the seventh inning. The home run helped lead the Dodgers to a 2-1 win. During the game, he also picked up his first intentional walk of his career. It won't be the last.
Game 6: June 8
Stats: 2-for-4, one outfield assist
Puig reached base twice but failed to score in front of a weak Dodgers lineup depleted by injuries. Puig, like he did in his first start, showed off his cannon of an arm when he threw out Andrelton Simmons at third base to help halt a Braves rally.
Game 7: June 9
Stats: 3-for-5, double
Puig capped off his first week of his career by collecting two singles and three hits. But the Dodgers, like they have all season. failed to get runners across the plate. Puig was stranded all three times he reached base.
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