Yasiel Puig had an unforgettable first night back on the diamond after being reinstated from the disabled list last Thursday night against the Nationals. Puig was placed on the disabled list earlier this month with a strained left hamstring after starting the season off hitting .237 with five homers and 20 RBIs.
After lots of trade talk floating around Puig the past couple of seasons, everyone was looking to see what he would bring to the team this year. With the emergence of Trayce Thompson in the outfield following Puig’s absence, Dodger’s manager, Dave Roberts says Puig “will need to perform in order to receive at-bats.”
Puig’s strained hamstring looked to be completely healed as he hit a walk-off “little league home run”to help his team complete their sweep of the Washington Nationals. He came up in the bottom of the ninth inning after Howie Kendrick reached first base earlier in the inning with a single. Then Puig followed Kendrick with a hit, or what at least appeared to be, a base hit up the middle. But as the Nationals centerfielder, Michael Taylor, went to charge the ball rolling to him, the ball went right under his glove and eventually made its way all the way to the warning track. Kendrick scored easily after the error to tie the game at 3-all. While Puig, his healed hamstring, and his relentless baserunning refused to put on the brakes as he ran right through his third base coach’s stop sign, scoring the walk-off winning run for the Dodgers. It was a magical night for Yasiel Puig and his teammates as they swept Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals, extending their winning streak to 6-games straight.