Tuesday saw a number of pitching debuts at various levels across the Dodgers minor leagues.
Player of the day
Hyun-il Choi continued to pound the strike zone in his first game with High-A Great Lakes, striking out eight and walking none in five innings allowing one run.
Was really excited to see Hyun-Il Choi make his High-A debut with the @greatlakesloons tonight. And he delivered.— Brad Tunney (@brad_tunney) August 4, 2021
5.0 IP, 1 R, 8K/0BB, 74p/61str!!
3 Ks on SL (82-84), 3 on CH (81-83), 2 on FB (90-92). #Dodgers
The 21-year-old right-hander, signed by the Dodgers signed out of South Korea in 2018, on the season has 83 strikeouts against only seven walks with a 3.07 ERA in 70⅓ innings.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Andre Jackson allowed two runs in five innings to earn the win in his Triple-A debut as OKC beat the Round Rock Express (Rangers) on the road. Yoshi Tsutsugo homered, singled and drove in three runs.
Corey Knebel continued his rehab assignment, allowing a triple, a run, and a walk in his 1⅔ innings, his longest outing in the minors or minors this season. Knebel has struck out seven of 16 batters faced in his four games with Oklahoma City. He hasn’t yet pitched in back-to-back games, which is usually one of the final steps before activation, especially for someone who missed three months like Knebel.
Jose Martinez got roughed up in his Double-A debut in Tulsa’s loss to the Springfield Cardinals. The right-handers allowed six runs (four earned) on seven hits in his 2⅔ innings.
On the flip side, 6’8 right-hander Cameron Gibbens also made his Double-A debut, pitching two perfect innings in relief with four strikeouts. The 26-year-old is on his third minor league level this season, with an overall 1.10 ERA with 62 strikeouts (half of his batters faced) and 14 walks in 32⅔ innings.
Left fielder Devin Mann hit a three-run home run in defeat.
High-A Great Lakes
Jonny DeLuca’s two-run home run in the eighth inning broke a tie to beat the Fort Wayne Tincaps (Padres). Second baseman Eddys Leonard homered in his High-A debut.
Low-A Rancho Cucamonga
Aldrich De Jongh and Jose Ramos each hit solo home runs early, then drove in runs in an eighth-inning rally that gave the Quakes a comeback win over the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres) at home. De Jongh’s two-run single turned a one-run deficit into a lead, then Ramos’ sacrifice fly provided an insurance run.
- Oklahoma City 7, Round Rock 3
- Springfield 11, Tulsa 4
- Great Lakes 5, Fort Wayne 3
- Rancho Cucamonga 8, Lake Elsinore 6
- 4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Cole Percival) vs. Fort Wayne (Connor Lehman)
- 4:35 p.m.: Tulsa (Bryan Brickhouse) at Springfield (Andre Pallante)
- 6:30 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Kendall Williams) vs. Lake Elsinore (Jesus Lujo)