The Dodgers’ right fielder nailed the Rockies' Trevor Story at third base in the fifth inning with a throw nearly from the warning track that made it to third baseman Justin Turner on the fly. The throw was so perfectly placed that all Turner needed to do was catch the ball off the top of the dirt and hold his glove steady for Story to slide into the tag.
It was shades of when Puig burst upon the scene in 2013, firing throws all over the field, sometimes with grand success, although sometimes not. This heave was one that can go in the plus column.
Story, the Rockies’ rookie phenom, had just blasted a shot over Puig’s head and off the new, higher Coors Field wall in right. Puig grabbed the ball off the turf with his bare hand and unleashed an estimated 325-foot, high-arcing throw to Turner. The Rockies didn’t even bother to ask for a replay.
Puig and center fielder Joc Pederson celebrated the play in right-center, and Puig was greeted with hugs and high-fives when he returned to the dugout.
The throw wasn’t just for show, either. It was the second out in the inning and helped the Dodgers maintain a 5-4 lead they had just grabbed in the top of the fifth. The Rockies tied the game in the seventh inning, then went ahead for good in the eighth against reliever Chris Hatcher on a two-run triple from Brandon Barnes.
The Dodgers opened the game with two home runs in the first inning, a two-run shot from Corey Seager and a solo drive from Adrian Gonzalez. The two home runs were one more than the Dodgers hit in the entire three-game series at Atlanta earlier this week.
After giving up a combined 10 earned runs over his previous two starts, Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir gave up four runs on six hits over five innings Friday. Rockies starter Jon Gray struck out 10 in just five innings and the Dodgers fanned 14 times on the night.
Injuries continue to plague the Dodgers. The latest was to reliever Yimi Garcia, who left Friday’s game in the seventh inning after requesting a visit from the trainer. No update was given on Garcia’s injury by the time the game had ended.