Yasiel Puig is used to putting his body on the line during a game (and real life) but on Sunday, his face came into play as well.
Puig crashed into the fence and took one to the puss during Jeff Baker’s walk-off double to cap the Marlins’ 5-4 win over the Dodgers.
It was a thrilling game before the bottom of the ninth. The Marlins took the lead three times, twice on Giancarlo Stanton home runs. The Dodgers tied it up all three times.
In the bottom of the ninth with the game knotted at four, Baker took the first pitch for a ball, then crushed a cutter out over the plate the opposite way. Puig raced to the right-field wall and attempted a leaping catch, but the ball missed his glove and caromed off the wall and into his left temple, allowing Adeiny Hechavarria to scamper home with the winning run as Puig and the ball dropped to the ground.
Puig, who also appeared to hurt his left ankle on the way down, was attended to by Dodgers trainer Stan Conte in left field and walked off the field with his arm around Conte at least in part for support. However, a post-game concussion test was negative. The Dodgers say he is day-to-day.