Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig has been making seemingly impossible feats look routine since he first burst onto the scene last season. He’s a special player, and manufactures game-changing plays with both his bat and his glove in the most entertaining ways possible.
And during Friday night’s Dodgers-Giants game, he stole the show in a 8-1 L.A. win thanks to some big-time plate heroics. He belted out three triples, which tied a post-1900 MLB record.
Tim Lincecum did not retire him once on the night, and the Dodgers OF went 4-for-5 overall—chalking up 11 total bases along the way.
Let’s watch each triple to see how he pulled it off.
1) Puig mashed a first-inning Lincecum pitch off the top of the wall—just missing a home run.
2) Lincecum’s fifth-inning pitch gets crushed into the gap for a stand-up triple.
3) New pitcher, same result.
Gregor Blanco was caught playing a bit too shallow, and Puig blasted a Juan Gutierrez pitch over his head for another triple in the sixth inning. He even did a slow jog to the bag, in true Puig fashion.
Puig’s three-triple affair marks the 48th time the feat has been accomplished since 1900. George Strief (1885) and Bill Joyce (1897) managed to hit four triples in a game (via MLB.com).
It’s important to note that Puig did fly out in the top of the eighth inning. So at least we have some sort of confirmation that he is actually human.