Today was the much-anticipated debut of young Dodger call up, Jose De Leon. Enough hype. Here’s how the game played out.
Spoiler Alert: The kid did not disappoint.
Jose De Leon’s line after one – 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, 1 HBP, 2 Ks, 20 pitches. That alone was worth the price of admission.
Loaded the bases; left them that way.
A great running catch in short LF by Charlie Culberson. One more K for the kid.
With two out and one on, De Leon surrendered his first ML homerun. 0-2
With two men on Yasiel Puig absolutely blasted a home run into the LF pavilion. 3-2
4th inning 3-2
6 Ks for DeLeon now. Pitch count: 58
5th inning 3-2
DeLeon threw the ball into right field while trying to throw out a bunt attempt. This resulted in the runner scoring from third to tie the game. 3-3
A sac fly then made it 3-4 Padres.
Did Leon got himself into trouble earlier, but he got himself out of trouble with a brilliant pick-off throw at first to end the inning.
Puig took a walk with one on and one out. Chase Utley squibbed one through the outfield for an RBI. 4-4
Base hit, Yasmani Grandal, to score Puig. 5-4
6th inning 5-4
De Leon finished off his day by striking out the side.
9 Ks at the end of six.
7th inning 5-4
Grant Dayton in. It took a while, but job done.
Yasmani hit one out, but it barely cleared the short wall in left field. He caught some luck from a fan who helped bobble the ball in the stands to prevent a catch. It was good for two runs. 7-4
9th inning 7-4
Kenley Jansen vs Padres
Some bum: K swinging
Another bum: He hit a long ball off the CF wall, and Joc Pederson gunned him down trying to stretch it into a double. Chase Utley made a great backhanded, reverse tag.
Third bum: 6-3
Dodgers win! 7-4
Jose De Leon mostly lived up to the hype today. He relied on a fastball to set up his changeup. His fastball had great late movement, and he consistently threw it for swinging Ks today.
De Leon trivia: He’s the first Dodgers pitcher to strike out at least nine, with 0 walks, in his debut. He’s in second place for debut Ks behind Pedro Astacio and Kaz Ishii, both with 10.
More De Leon: From a tweet by @presidual:
First 4 innings:
74% four-seam fastball, 16% changeup
Last 2 innings:
50% four-seam fastball, 50% changeup
The K-adres: The Padres struck out 37 times over the weekend series.
Dodgers up by 3 over the second place Giants.
Jose De Leon (W 1-0) went 6 innings with 6 hits, 4 runs, 1 HR, 0 walks, 1 HBP, 9 Ks. 86 pitches. ERA 6.00
Home runs:Yasiel Puig, Yasmani Grandal
Team with RISP: 3 for 8