Yasiel Puig needed less than two innings to make headlines again after the All-Star break.
Puig gunned down Nationals superstar and 20-year-old phenom Bryce Harper for a double play in the bottom of the second inning...or did he?
Yes and no.
Yes, the throw beat Harper and he was out. No, he wasn't called out.
The third base umpire botched the call, as replay clearly shows that Puig's throw beat Harper and he was tagged out before sliding into third.
Even with Harper being called safe and eventually scoring, the big news here is that Puig made another unbelievable throw in right field. He threw a bullet that was right on the money and made tagging Harper out easier than any third baseman could hope for.
This isn't the first time we've seen Puig make an exceptional throw. Heck, in his MLB debut, he threw from just in front of the warning track in right to first base for a double play that ended the game.
Puig also threw out Andrelton Simmons, who tried to make it from first to third on a single to right, with one of the best throws of the year.
Puig added another highlight to his resume on Friday in his first game after being snubbed from the All-Star Game (a game in which the NL only managed three hits).
It was impressive to see one young phenom gunning down another, especially with this coming just hours after Jason Reid of The Washington Post compared Puig to Harper in a favorable light.
It was unlucky for Puig that the ump made the incorrect call, but there's no denying he made a heck of a throw to nail Harper—even if it didn't count.
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