Puig had just hit a two-run home run in the Dodgers’ 7-5 victory.
He was facing Indians arm Trevor Bauer in the top of the second inning before the altercation. After a 96.1 mph called first strike, he took a cutter for a ball on his second pitch. He drilled a 1-1 fastball to center, giving the Dodgers a 2-0 advantage on the third offering.
After touching them all, Puig stepped off of home plate and turned to the crowd. The 2014 All-Star raised both middle fingers.
Puig said he was being heckled in the on-deck circle. He was booed for the remainder of Tuesday’s game after his reaction.
“People were talking to me before the home run, and after the home run, they kept talking,” Puig told the Los Angeles Times. “I reacted that way, and stooped to their level.”
He had a 2-for-4 day with two RBI with a strikeout, but left four runners on base in the victory. The Dodgers are now winners of five straight.
Puig said he will pay the fine if Major League Baseball responds with discipline.
Cody Bellinger‘s ninth-inning three-run home run gave the Dodgers the victory.
Puig’s long-ball traveled 398 feet, according to ESPN’s home run tracker. It was his tenth home run of the season. He is now hitting a career-worst .239 on the season and has a .730 OPS.