Cincinnati Reds right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) hits a home run during the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey. (Photo: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)
LOS ANGELES – Yasiel Puig certainly knows how to live up to the big moments.
Playing at Dodger Stadium for the first time since he was traded to the Reds in December, Puig crushed a two-run homer over the 395-foot wall in center field in his first at-bat against Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw.
Puig stood at the plate for a few seconds to watch the flight of the ball before tossing his bat toward his team’s dugout. It was his second home run of the season.
“We’re excited to play here and face Kershaw,” Puig said before the game. “I’ve never faced him before. We’re going to do the best we can and see the best pitches we can to get a hit against the best pitcher in baseball.”
About 10 minutes before the start of the game, the Dodgers played a highlight for Puig, Matt Kemp, Alex Wood and Kyle Farmer on the video board. Puig, Kemp and Farmer tipped their caps to the cheering fans.
Puig received a standing ovation from some fans when he stepped into the batter’s box for the first time. He raised his helmet to salute the crowd, sending fans into a louder cheer. He ripped the first pitch from Kershaw down the left-field line, just a few feet foul.
On the fourth pitch of the at-bat, Puig connected on an 87-mph slider. The way he reacted after he made contact, he had no doubt about the home run.
“I’m going to help my team with my bat and my glove soon,” Puig said after he hit first home run of the season Sunday, “maybe starting in Los Angeles (Monday).”
Source:: Daily times