Baseball fans are obviously familiar with Yasiel Puig, but casuals who are tuning in for the World Series may be seeing one of the game’s most charismatic characters in-depth for the first time.
And the Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder did not disappoint tonight.
Puig did not shy away from his usual outrageousness despite the magnitude of the moment — him recording the final out to preserve a Game 1 Dodgers win over the Houston Astros — and it’s reasonable to expect more of the same in the Dodgers’ biggest baseball games in a generation.
The Dodgers ace threw 83 pitches in an efficient seven innings, allowing three hits with zero walks and 11 strikeouts. The strikeout total is the most by a Dodgers pitcher in the World Series since Sandy Koufax struck out 15 in Game 1 of the 1963 World Series.
For Keuchel, the big mistake came in the bottom of the sixth inning. With a runner on first base and Turner at the plate, the left-hander gave the bearded slugger a sinker that just didn’t quite sink enough. Turner hit a two-run homer out to left field, and that ended up being the difference in the Dodgers’ 3-1 win.
After Kershaw exited the game, Brandon Morrow and Kenley Jansen came in to pitch two perfect innings to finish off the victory. That continues an excellent run for the Dodgers bullpen this postseason, having completely shut down the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS.
The Seattle Seahawks‘ star-studded defense looks to be adding a future Hall-of-Fame talent. Dwight Freeney visited the team on Monday night and took a physical, and judging by a Tuesday-night Freeney tweet, he looks to be set to join the Seahawks.
Freeney stands to join a defense housing Michael Bennett, Sheldon Richardson, Bobby Wagner, Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman.
The Seahawks could make Freeney their replacement for the injured Cliff Avril, although Frank Clark remains likely to start with Freeney serving as a pass-rushing specialist similar to how the Cardinals and Falcons deployed him the past two years.
A 2002 first-round pick, Freeney joined the Cards during the 2015 season, so midseason arrivals aren’t new to the 37-year-old sack artist. The Syracuse product sits 18th on the NFL’s all-time sack list with 122.5.
LaVar Ball‘s antics will continue to place targets on Lonzo Ball as he begins his rookie year, and Marcin Gortat was the latest to take a shot at the Los Angeles Lakers point guard.
Gortat’s Washington Wizards are set to visit Staples Center on Wednesday, and being that they have an All-Star point guard, Gortat took it upon himself to say how one-sided he expects that matchup to go.
man….. pleaseeeeee!!! @JohnWall will torture him for 48min
Lonzo Ball, though, has been dealing with these issues for a while. It’s just the players on the other end of LaVar Ball’s constant commentary have the ability to take it out on him now, and John Wall stands in a fairly good position to do so.
The Wizards finished their season in the Eastern Conference semifinals in 2016-17 — a round the Lakers haven’t traveled to since 2011 — and Wall has made the past four East All-Star teams. Washington’s athletic dynamo is averaging 24.3 points and 10.0 assists through three games.
“I don’t pay no mind to (Gortat’s tweet),” Lonzo Ball said. “I already know my teammates have my back. So we’re going to go out there, we’re going to play and hopefully get a win. It’s going to be a lot of fun. Like you say he’s one of the best point guards in this league. So I’m just going to go out there and compete and see what happens.”
While on safari in the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, Barbara Fleming was finally able to capture the image she had been attempting for two years. “Many elements came together successfully to create this image,” Fleming explains. “Sidelight lit the oxpecker while the buffalo was kept in the shade, and this balance of light was crucial. I wanted a darker pallet for this image and think I got it, with the colorful oxpecker adding drama. I worked to capture both subjects in focus, which was very difficult to do, as both were moving in different directions and in different focal planes. The position of the vehicle that I was shooting from was also important. I asked my driver to line us up in the path (at a safe distance, of course) of the moving herd as it crossed the road. I was able to shoot out the window, with my camera on a beanbag, as the buffalo moved directly toward us.
“Many years of being around buffalo in the field made both my driver and me comfortable about allowing the herd to come close. I wouldn’t have attempted that with an older male cape buffalo, for example, as they can be very grumpy! But this was a breeding herd, with calves in the mix, which itself is somewhat risky.
“The buffalo in this image is a female. They have more curl to their horns, and I must confess that personally, I find them rather pretty!”
Congratulations to Masako Metz for winning the recent Green Scene Photo Assignment with the image “My Secret Garden.”
“While walking under the trees in Oregon, I found a patch of mixed wild plants,” explains Metz. “The green colors were bursting beautifully. I looked at them through my camera’s viewfinder; the ferns were spreading perfectly in this spot. So I waited for sunset, and I shot this photo with the soft light. Around that time, the light green was standing out from the darker greens. They were absolutely beautiful. I felt like I found my own secret garden.”
Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Drowned Heart Memorial” by Les Zeppelin Baran. Location: Windansea Beach, La Jolla, California.
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