Former Wisconsin Timber Rattlers pitcher Jorge Lopez earned a win in his major-league debut Tuesday as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the San Diego Padres 4-3 at Petco Park.
Lopez gave up three runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings. He struck out seven batters. He exited the game down 3-2, but fellow former Midwest Leaguer Jean Segura hit a two-run homer to give Milwaukee a 4-3 lead in the next half-inning before Lopez was replaced on the mound.
Lopez pitched for the Timber Rattlers in 2013, when he went 7-8 with a 5.23 ERA, two saves, 92 strikeouts and 48 walks in 117 innings (25 games/22 starts). A September call-up, he spent the 2015 minor-league season pitching for Milwaukee’s Double-A affiliate, the Biloxi Shuckers. He went 12-5 with a 2.26 ERA, 137 strikeouts and 52 walks in 143.1 innings (24 starts) in the Southern League this year.
Segura played for the 2010 Cedar Rapids Kernels when he was a Los Angeles Angels farmhand. He batted .313 with 10 HR, 79 RBI and 50 SB in 130 games.
Kershaw dominates Dodgers clincher
Former Great Lakes Loons LHP Clayton Kershaw was dominant Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants, outdueling fellow big-name lefty Madison Bumgarner as the Los Angeles Dodgers won 8-0 to clinch their third straight National League West Division title.
Kershaw pitched a one-hitter, struck out 13 batters and walked only one in his complete-game shutout. He has 294 strikeouts this season, the most by a pitcher since 2002.
Kershaw pitched for the Loons in 2007. He went 7-5 with a 2.77 ERA, 134 strikeouts and 50 walks in 97.1 innings (20 starts).