I had said last week that I’d try and highlight a minor league performance each day so that fans can get more info on our prospects. You might have heard of this guy:
Eric Gagne, SV, 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K, 17 pitches, 11 strikes (Triple-A Las Vegas)
Welcome back to the Jungle, writes Bill Plaschke of the L.A. Times, who spent Memorial Day at Cashman Field in Las Vegas with the Dodger closer.
Though he has not been activated yet, all signs are pointing to Eric being back at the start of the homestand on Thursday and appearing in his first big league game since June 12 of last year when he saved a game against the Twins despite having a sprained ligament in his right elbow.
The incredible thing? It was actually his 18th consecutive save converted, a streak he retains entering this season. Over the past four seasons, his ERA is 1.83, the best among all Major Leaguers with 200 or more innings…not too shabby.
And, if you can’t wait until Thursday to watch Gagne play, tune into the Golf Channel tonight to see him, Derek Lowe, Brett Tomko and Kenny Lofton take part in the Big Break All-Star Challenge, which was filmed back in Spring Training. Not only will it give you a glimpse at the four guys off the field, but each also earned money for charity – The Dodgers Dream Foundation (Lowe), Mattel Children’s Hospital (Gagne), Alzheimer’s Association (Lofton) and the Florida Southern Baseball Program (Tomko).