The clash with Kershaw, who was making his season debut, started when Puig ripped the first pitch, an 88-mph slider, down the left-subject line simply foul. He waved on the second, a looping curveball, to fall behind zero-2. He then took a ball excessive before Kershaw tried going again to his slider. The pitch lacked depth — an issue that plagued Kershaw last season — and didn’t idiot Puig. He held his arm up as he rounded first base. He appeared back at the Reds’ dugout when he did. The gang was left surprised and the Reds had a 2-0 lead.