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However, the lefty challenged Puig with a first-pitch inside fastball top open the sixth inning, which Puig turned on and launched deep over the left-field fence.

And with that homer — his first in five years off Bumgarner — Puig unleashed perhaps his biggest bat flip of the season.

In his last 162 games dating back three seasons, in 580 at-bats, he is hitting .247 with 19 homers and 68 runs batted in.

That’s not a cornerstone player, that’s just a guy, and his struggles are increasing.

Puig, on the other hand, embraced the rivalry and thanked the Giants fans for giving him extra energy, dating back to his days with the Los Angeles

“That’s the reason I’ve had a little success when I play the Giants here in San Francisco."" data-reactid="25""I love to play all the teams in MLB, but when I come here to the Giants and San Francisco, people booing me, I think it’s a God-given blessing, an opportunity to do the best I can more than [at] any other stadiums because people are booing me,” Puig said, via

This season, in 43 games since April 15, he has a .195 average with a .221 on-base percentage while drawing all of four walks with 37 strikeouts.

Puig is apparently doing all the right things off the field, and still drawing chants of “Puiiiig” when he makes an incredible throw from deep in the outfield.

Bumgarner had kept the upper hand for most of the players’ recent rivalry, holding Puig hitless in his last 11 at-bats dating back to 2016.

On Sunday afternoon, the new Cincinnati Reds outfielder Puig came out way ahead with a giant homer and a bat flip to match while (again) looking like the bigger person.

Bauman’s grandson was working at the camp and asked his grandfather if he could finagle a visit from Puig.

Puig wore a fake tiger head over his trademark bright-red dyed hair and first removed it when he entered a room full of children, who went crazy when they saw him, reported.

Puig, an outfielder for the Cleveland Indians, rented a helicopter to visit Camp Simcha in New York’s Catskill Mountains on Monday.

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