Yasiel Puig’s visible frustration over not crushing Giants pitching this week cost the Dodgers outfielder an at-bat and the final few innings of Tuesday’s game.
Puig slapped his bat after hitting a foul ball in the bottom of the seventh inning and with his team trailing 1-0. Puig made the same move with his bat Monday night when he failed to crush a pitch by Giants ace Madison Bumgarner.
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The slap Tuesday night (and Puig’s yell) brought a response from Giants catcher Nick Hundley, who had words for Puig while still squatting. The LA outfielder responded, and when Hundley stood up to continue the conversation, Puig shoved Hundley twice in the chest.
That led to the benches and bullpens clearing and Puig chasing Hundley, who was being held by Dodgers first base coach George Lombard and directed away from home plate. Puig finally reached Hundley and tried to punch him but could only manage a slap at Hundley’s masked head.
A longer clip of the incident:
It got interesting between the Dodgers and the Giants tonight between Yasiel Puig and Nick Hundley, both ejected: pic.twitter.com/7MtVU7jwnQ
— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) August 15, 2018
Puig and Hundley were both ejected.
After the game, Puig put the blame on Hundley for chirping at him and showing what Puig thought was disrespect.
Yasiel Puig (via interpreter): “(Hundley) told me to stop complaining and step back in the box … he just kept coming after me and kept complaining. I wasn’t going to let them disrespect our house.”
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) August 15, 2018
Hundley declined to recount his side of the back-and-forth with Puig:
Hundley wouldn’t comment on what he said to Puig. “That stuff that’s said on the field, that will be left out there.”
— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) August 15, 2018
Puig, meanwhile, addressed the possibility of Major League Baseball suspending him. He said through an interpreter that Hundley should have to sit, too, if he is punished.
Yasiel Puig, asked if he expects to be suspended: “If they suspend me, I think they have to suspend him. I’m just going to let my agent do his job.”
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) August 15, 2018
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