LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 09: Scott Van Slyke #33 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a broken bat single to score A.J. Ellis #17 from third base for a 5-2 lead over the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on May 9, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Scott Van Slyke had a memorable major league debut Wednesday night, with an RBI single in his first major league plate appearance. It was the first pinch-hit RBI by a Dodger in his first major league at-bat since Carl Warwick back on April 11, 1961, the year before Dodger Stadium opened.
Looking back, the last Dodger in his first major league plate appearance to...
- hit a single was Van Slyke, Wednesday against Travis Blackley of the San Francisco Giants.
- hit a double was Jerry Sands, on April 18, 2011 against Tim Hudson of the Atlanta Braves.
- hit a triple was pitcher Doug Rau, on September 2, 1972 against Don Durham of the St. Louis Cardinals.
- hit a home run was Jose Offerman, on August 19, 1990 against El Presidente of the Montreal Expos.
- drive in a run was Van Slyke, Wednesday night
- score a run was pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, on August 6, 2011 against Joe Saunders of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
- walk was pitcher Rubby De La Rosa, on June 7, 2011; the last Dodger to do it in his first major league game was James Loney, on April 4, 2006 against Jon Smoltz of the Atlanta Braves.
- intentionally walk was nobody, but both Chicao Fernandez (July 14, 1956) Dick Nen (September 18, 1963) were each intentionally walked in their first major league game.
- strikeout was Tim Federowicz, on September 11, 2011 against Waldis Joaquin of the San Francisco Giants.
- get hit by a pitch was pitcher Chad Billingsley, on June 15, 2006 against Tall Chris Young of the San Diego Padres.
- lay down a sacrifice bunt was pitcher John Ely, on April 28, 2010 against John Maine of the New York Mets.
- hit a sacrifice fly was Jeff Hamilton, on June 28, 1986 against Jim Deshaies of the Houston Astros.
- ground into a double play was Xavier Paul, on May 7, 2009 against Jordan Zimmermann of the Washington Nationals.
- reach base via error was pitcher Jonathan Broxton on May 9, 2006; the last Dodger to do it in his first major league game was Adam Riggs, on August 7, 1997 against Jim Bullinger of the Montreal Expos.
- steal a base was Riggs, who stole second base after reaching base via error.
- Andy High on April 12, 1922 is the only Dodger, at least since 1918, to be caught stealing in his first major league game.
Thanks as always to Baseball-Reference.com.