After a 5-1 win against the San Diego Padres on Saturday, the Los Angeles Dodgers went into today’s game looking to bring home another win. All eyes were on starting pitcher Jose De Leon as he made his first Major League start and he did not disappoint!
First career strikeout for Jose De Leon. pic.twitter.com/1wfxcF11td
— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) September 4, 2016
De Leon’s first MLB inning ended with no runs, one hit, one hit-by-pitch, two strikeouts, and 20 pitches; not too shabby for a rookie! He is the first Dodger ever to strike out at least nine and walk none in his MLB debut.
The Puerto Rican player showed a lot of excitement going into this game, especially because he got to play while Vin Scully was still announcing. De Leon said he was hoping to be brought up before the end of the year “because I wanted Vin Scully to call my game.”
He was drafted by the Dodgers in the 24th round of the 2013 MLB draft. He made his professional debut with the Arizona League Dodgers. In 2016, De Leon spent the season in AAA with the Oklahoma City Dodgers, where he was 7–1 with a 3.02 ERA in 16 starts. He struck out 111 batters against only 20 walks.
The third inning proved to be a big moment for another LA player: Yasiel Puig. He stunned the crowd with his first home run since returning from AAA. Puig ended the third with a three run homer, putting the Dodgers ahead of the Padres by one run.
After it all the Dodgers beat the Padres 7-4! Our boys know how to get down to business when they need to! With the incredible start of rookie Jose De Leon, the Dodgers are ready for their next series!