Talk about making the most of an opportunity.
Los Angeles Dodgers rookie right fielder Yasiel Puig has launched three homers in four games since taking over for the injured Matt Kemp. None were more important than what he did on Thursday night against the Atlanta Braves.
Here's another look at Puig's monster shot, courtesy of MLB.com:
Puig has been a breath of fresh air for the Dodgers since being called up and playing in his first career big league game on June 3. After going 2-for-4 in his first career MLB game—a 2-1 win over the San Diego Padres—Puig launched two home runs and drove in five runs the following day in a 9-7 victory.
His first rough game came on Wednesday, when he went 0-for-4 at the plate with two strikeouts. Yet he certainly answered back the following day.
Puig's eighth-inning blast gave the Dodgers a 5-0 cushion that they wouldn't relinquish, and the club improved to 3-1 with him in the lineup.
Puig's teammates made sure to make the most of the rookie's big night, opting for the Gatorade bath instead of the shaving-cream pie.
Shower time, vine: vine.co/v/bLhuZKMuJnQ— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 7, 2013
Speaking of teammates, Kemp shared his reaction to his replacement's big night:
That boy is a beast!!!! #Puig— Matt Kemp (@TheRealMattKemp) June 7, 2013
The Cuban-born's emergence in the MLB is similar to that of Mike Trout last season. After being called up to the bigs on April 28, Trout took the MLB by storm and gave Miguel Cabrera a run for the MVP award.
After an incredible start that has the 22-year-old boasting seven hits in 16 at-bats with three longballs and nine RBI, how could Puig not be all smiles?
I'm not sure the start of Puig's big league career can get any better, but you can be sure we'll continue to monitor the outfielder's progress.
For now, let's just give him kudos on a job well done Thursday night.
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