A name you should know

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).


  1. punk4god7@yahoo.com

    Is Penny going to see some DL time? If he can’t pitch past the 5th inning because of pain, he’s not much help to the team. The team needs Penny to pitch if they are going to think about the post-season. We can’t expect Tomko and Sele to carry us. Maybe 15 days of rest wouldn’t hurt. There are bigger fish to fry than tomorrow’s.

  2. garysmith@glsmith.com

    Keep the phone line to Las Vegas open, looks like Penny may need a rest !! It would be interesting / fun to see Billingsly !!

  3. pellam.1@osu.edu

    A couple of questions:

    1) What’s the lineup today? I hear no Kemp.

    2) Does Gagne still have to serve his suspension, or did he serve it at the beginning of the year?

  4. sjrodrig@usc.edu

    I believe Gagne was activated today, will serve his 2 game suspension and is eligible to play Thursday.

  5. interpol2424@yahoo.com

    they’ve been kinda laging (sp?)it with the line ups for the past week or so. Maybe there really beasy or something.

    Go Dodgers!

  6. riz12264@gmail.com

    “I believe Gagne was activated today, will serve his 2 game suspension and is eligible to play Thursday.”

    Gagne already served his suspension prior to going on the D.L.

  7. dreed209@yahoo.com

    I say give Penny 15 days to cool off(and 4 us to shop him), and we bring up the kid. Seen him pitch recently and he’s gonna be a real stud for us IMO. And what about Odalis, we need to do something with him one way or another. It’s an expensive problem, we’re paying him like a #1.

  8. pnesseralla@hotmail.com

    How about a true name you should know like South Atlantic League player of the week Andrew Locke. .517 with 2 HR and 10 RBI last week for Columbus

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