Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Yasiel Puig makes the game exciting, for both teams.
On Sunday at Dodger Stadium, Puig attempted to score from second base on a double play ground ball by Matt Kemp.
It ended poorly.
The Dodgers were already trailing 7-2 in the sixth inning when Kemp hit about as routine a double-play ground ball as you’ll see, a grounder to third that Eric Campbell fielded cleanly, threw to second base for the first out, with the relay going to Lucas Duda at first.
Duda noticed Puig steaming around third and heading for the plate and threw to Travis d’Arnaud to complete the 5-4-3-2 triple play.
It was the Mets’ first triple play since May 19, 2010, against the Washington Nationals.
According to FanGraphs.com, Puig—before Sunday—had cost the Dodgers 0.9 runs with his sometimes reckless, almost-always-entertaining baserunning. Last year in just 104 games, Puig was a minus-4.2 runs against the Dodgers on the base paths.
He was voted into the All-Star Game this season and it hitting .307/.389/.504 in 119 games, with 70 runs, 32 doubles, nine triples, 13 home runs and 59 RBI.
Puig was runner-up for National League Rookie of the Year last season after hitting .319/.391/.534 in 104 games with 19 home runs and 42 RBI, finishing behind Miami Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez by a convincing margin.