Yasiel Puig nailed Brandon Belt at the plate with a laser throw and no, you still shouldn't test his arm
As he's proven time and time again in his few years in the league, Yasiel Puig possesses the kind of throwing arm that is prone to the unimaginable. You just shouldn't test his arm -- but if you feel compelled to try, you do so at your own risk. With two outs and Brandon Belt (who found himself in a very similar situation just last week) on second in the first inning of the Giants' 2-1 win over the Dodgers on Monday night at AT&T Park, Buster Posey slapped a single toward Puig in right field and ... well, you know how this one ends. He fired an absolute rocket to the plate to retire Belt and end the inning:
After the game, Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal told MLB.com's Ken Gurnick about the process of receiving a throw from Puig:
"When the throw takes you up the line, you give him the plate, but you think about catching the ball later. When Puig throws, his throws are powerful, I can let the ball come deeper instead of reaching to make a catch and reaching back to tag."
Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu, the benefactor of Puig's throw, appreciated the effort:
"I didn't have a chance to talk to him. It was a game-changer, no doubt about it, the game could have gone differently if not for that play. I will tell him how thankful I am."