Some people have been waiting all playoffs for Yasiel Puig to make the kind of error in the field that he made during the regular season. For the most part, the Los Angeles Dodgers fielder has avoided bad plays that made guys like Jon Jay and Evan Gattis headlines. But Puig did miss a ball to start the ninth inning in Game 5 of the NLCS on Wednesday to give the St. Louis Cardinals a shot at a comeback.
Puig missing the ball gave Matt Holliday a leadoff double. Holliday then scored on an RBI single from Matt Adams. The Cards added another run, but the Dodgers closed it out and held on for the 6-4 win.
So about that ball Puig missed. As you could see, the sun was clearly in his eyes. Despite wearing sunglasses on the bright Southern California day, he lost the ball in the sun and had to look away at the last second to avoid getting hit. Sure it sounds like a Little League excuse, but it was legitimate. Los Angeles Times reporter Dylan Hernandez even said after the game that Puig said he lost the ball in the sun. Hey, it happens. Luckily it didn’t cost them.
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