On Tuesday night, those two players were Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson, outfielders for the Los Angeles Dodgers who were giving their all in an extra-innings game. The Dodgers were tied 1-1 with the St. Louis Cardinals, and the game was in the top of the tenth inning. With two outs, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina came to the place and smacked a long fly ball to center field, and Yasiel Puig started running in from right field to catch it.
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Clayton Kershaw faced 29 batters on Tuesday night. Only three reached base. In the process, he completed a remarkable feat: He lowered his career walks plus hits per inning (WHIP) below 1.0. He ended the night at 0.996, passing former Yankees closer Mariano Rivera and pushing into a tie for second place with Hall of Famer Ed Walsh. Kershaw was unaware of the achievement. Still, he offered a characteristic response. “Well,” he said, “one bad outing, and that will go right back up.” Kershaw leads the National League with a 0.823 WHIP. He led the league in the statistic in each season from 2011 to 2014. He finished third, by a slim margin, behind Zack Greinke and Jake Arrieta in 2015. Last season,