But there was something else Wednesday in the Dodgers’ 2-1 victory over the
Maybe when this is all over, the Dodgers will owe a bit of gratitude toward Pujols for embarrassing Puig on Monday night when he tagged at first and took second while a distracted Puig made a too-casual catch in center.
On Wednesday night, Puig played like someone who wants to learn from mistakes, and is.
He actually caught a fly ball in center with two hands. Caught it in front of his chest and everything. That doesn't mean he also didn't resort to that styling one-handed-catch thing later, but it's a start.
“It changed the complexion of the game, the complexion of Danny’s start,” catcher
But wait, there’s more! In the eighth, the Angels, trailing 2-0, put runners on the corners with one out, and
But he made the smart play. He made the catch and fired to second to prevent the tying run from advancing.
“The best decision he made was hitting the cutoff man in the eighth inning on Iannetta’s sac fly,” Ellis said. “To throw just a bullet to second base and keep the tying run at first, give [reliever
"Those were two really accurate, really smart baseball plays that don't go unnoticed in here. It's winning baseball plays."
Puig's improvement this season is not on some magical straight trajectory. There have been more ups, but the downs still show up. They will again too.
But he has come a long way from that raw player of last year, the player you could never be certain would do the right thing.