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.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: