LOS ANGELES -- Trayce Thompson is no stranger to these walls.The new A's outfielder, manning center field in his old home, robbed former teammate Yasiel Puig of a two-run homer in the sixth inning of Wednesday's Interleague affair at Dodger Stadium, standing tall in a decisive 16-6 clobbering of the
LOS ANGELES -- Trayce Thompson is no stranger to these walls.
The new A's outfielder, manning center field in his old home, robbed former teammate Yasiel Puig of a two-run homer in the sixth inning of Wednesday's Interleague affair at Dodger Stadium, standing tall in a decisive 16-6 clobbering of the team that let him go less than a month ago.
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Puig brought fans to their feet with his routine bat flip in anticipation of what appeared to be a two-out pinch-hit blast to dead center, instead stopped in his tracks in disbelief as Thompson clung tightly to the ball in the heel of his glove.
The inning-ending grab prevented the Dodgers from gaining on the A's, who exited the frame with a 9-4 lead.
"Yasiel obviously is really strong," Thompson said. "Off the bat, I didn't think he got all of it, but just went back and made a play. That's it, really.
"It was a big part of the game, but I feel like I've made a couple plays better than that. It's definitely up there, though, and it feels good to do it against these guys."
Puig offered a tip of his batting helmet to Thompson, who sported Dodger blue for parts of two seasons.
On this night, though, he was making his first start for the A's, Oakland neighbors to brother Klay Thompson's Golden State Warriors. The first ball hit to him, a routine fly off the bat of Joc Pederson in the first inning, dropped right in front of him for a double that led to a run.
But Thompson more than made up for the mishap, later explained by manager Bob Melvin as a miscommunication with right fielder Stephen Piscotty, and squashed the Dodgers' sixth-inning rally with an incredible leaping catch.
"Just fantastic," A's let fielder Khris Davis said. "I think he might have bigger hops than his brother after watching that. That was nice."
The ball left Puig's bat at 105 mph. Coupled with a 24-degree launch angle, per Statcast™, approximately 78 percent of similar batted balls have resulted in a home run.
"I thought it was going a little farther than that, and when you saw him get back to the wall and time it, you're kind of hoping," Melvin said. "I don't know that anybody in this ballpark could've made that play. Maybe over at the Staples Center."
Klay Thompson approved of his brother's robbery, flashing Dikembe Mutombo's legendary finger wag while watching the game in a video he posted as an Instagram story.
Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.