With teammates waiting to playfully pound on him, Puig finished off his first career game-ending home run trot by sliding into the plate in the 11th inning Sunday. Unconventional, sure, but not unprecedented, and a seemingly appropriate way to celebrate a 1-0 victory against the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium.
Reds pitchers accumulated a team-record 20 strikeouts against the Dodgers, with Puig among four batters who struck out three times. But not against right-hander Curtis Partch, Cincy's third reliever to follow Tony Cingrani. After connecting, Puig flipped his bat melodramatically and raised his arms like Richard Nixon before rounding first.