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.
The Padres announced on Sunday that the club signed pitcher Jordan Lyles to a one-year major league contract with a club option for 2019. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Lyles will earn $750,000 in 2018. Pitcher Travis Wood was designated for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster for Lyles.
Lyles, 27, had miserable results between the Rockies and Padres last season, compiling an aggregate 7.75 ERA with a 55/22 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings. While he specifically gave up 24 earned runs in 23 innings across five starts with the Padres, it was a small sample. A full season at the pitcher-friendly Petco Park, as opposed to Colorado’s Coors Field, might help revitalize his career.
Wood, 30, went to the Padres at the non-waiver trade deadline from the Royals this past season. Overall, the lefty posted an aggregate 6.80 ERA with a 65/45 K/BB ratio in 94 innings. He’ll earn $6.5 million this season and has an $8 million mutual option with a $1 million buyout for 2019. So, the Padres are just eating $7.5 million minus the league minimum, assuming Wood latches on elsewhere.