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Play of the Day: Yasiel Puig recovers from misjudging a fly ball

Jul 5, 2014, 8:50 PM EDT

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Yoenis Cespedes isn’t the only outfielder who can turn a poor play in the outfield into a gem. Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig misread a Drew Stubbs fly ball to right field, coming in before dashing back and making a leaping grab. Wilin Rosario, who was on second, tagged up and scampered to third base, but Puig scrambled to his feet and fired a strike to Hanley Ramriez who made the toss to third base for the out.

Watch Puig’s catch and throw:

Despite the base running blunder, which happened after the Rockies nearly lost an 8-2 lead when the Dodgers scored five in the seventh, the Rockies were able to eke out an 8-7 win to halt a five-game losing streak. They have won only three of their last 19 games.

  1. roundballsquarebox24 - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    This was a nice play after a misjudgment but he didn’t fire a strike to Uribe, he hit his cutoff man Hanley Ramirez who fired the relay.

    • Bill Baer - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      Oops, thanks for catching that.

    • chew1985 - Jul 5, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      True–but the only way a cutoff man gets an out on a play like that is when he gets a great throw from the outfield to begin with.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:32 PM

      well, since the ball was hit to right center, the 2nd baseman went out to be the cutoff man…

      Puig got up and heaved the ball towards 3rd base, well OVER the 2nd baseman’s head, who was the cutoff man.

      Ramirez, playing short, sees the flight of the ball and then runs several steps to catch it and throws to 3rd to get the runner.

      the 2nd baseman was out there with his hands up like a cutoff man will do and all he could do was watch the ball sail over his head…

      Puig was throwing to 3rd and Ramirez at shortstop wasn’t that far away from third. Ramirez caught the ball about 80 feet from 3rd base.

      before Ramirez caught the ball, he was still standing pretty close to his position at short, he took a couple of steps closer to 2nd when the runner went back to tag up but he still didn’t get within 10 feet of the bag and his hands were NOT up and he was not acting as a cutoff man…

      Ramirez just happened to be close to the flight path of Puig’s throw towards 3rd base…

      but if folks wanna say Puig hit his cutoff man…

      • kkkershaw22 - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:51 PM

        A little salty? What does any of that have to do with what puig was thinking?

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:03 AM

        “Ramirez just happened to be close to the flight path of Puig’s throw towards 3rd base…”

        And the throw just happened to hit him right in the glove. But, yeah, whatever you say.

      • roundballsquarebox24 - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:22 AM

        The only thing that I was pointing out was that this play was a 9-6-5 double play and not a 9-5 double play like was reported. These writers go through a lot of game stories and videos and I was just pointing out a simple detail that he missed. Either way, Puig threw an absolute laser to Hanley who made an amazingly quick transfer to fire another laser to complete the putout.

  2. sparkysaballer - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Keep drinking the Hatorade! I believe that in the end that was a double play by Puig. Well played!

    • whatacrocker - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:50 AM

      The use of the term ‘Hatorade’ should result in an automatic suspension from all commenting, for life.

      • rajavier3105 - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        Still, hating is not going to change the outcome.
        Still an amazing catch and throw by Puig to record the double play.

  3. moogro - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    How do you “eke out” a win?

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