Gavin Lux’s MLB debut is one for the ages
Kenosha, Wisconsin native Gavin Lux made his Major League debut on September 2 and it was a memorable one. Lux started at second base in the Dodgers’ 16-9 win over Colorado and had two hits, including a double, and scored three runs in five at-bats.
He became the 28th player in Major League history to have two or more hits and score three or more runs in his MLB debut; he was also the first Dodgers’ player to do so.
Here’s a few more stats from that game that you may not know:
- Lux’s current manager, Dodgers’ skipper Dave Roberts, is also one of the 28 players in MLB history to have two or more hits and score three or more runs in his first career game. Roberts did it on August 7, 1999 as a member of the Cleveland Indians. Roberts had three hits (including a double) and scored three runs in his MLB debut.
- Lux is the seventh player to have two or more hits and three or more runs in his MLB debut this century. The others: Kevin Frandsen (San Francisco, 2006), Andrew McCutcheon (Pittsburgh, 2009), J.P. Arencibia (Toronto, 2010), Jonathan Schoop (Baltimore, 2013), Joey Gallo (Texas, 2015) and Cedric Mullins (Baltimore, 2018).
- Another member of this select group of 28 is former NBA star Danny Ainge. He made his baseball debut on May 21, 1979 and had three hits and scored three runs for the Toronto Blue Jays.
- Another member of the 28 is Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio. He had three hits and scored three runs in his MLB debt on May 3, 1936.
- The first player to have two or more hits and score three of more runs in his MLB debut was Carson Bigbee on August 24, 1916.
- The 28 players in this group saw their team win the game where they accomplished this rare feat 26 times and lose only twice in these games.
- Twenty of these 28 occasions occurred at home for the record-setting players.
- Lux was the sixth second baseman to accomplish this feat, tied with center fielders for the position that has accomplished this feat most often..
- If we consider that Lux also had an extra-base hit (a double) in addition to his two hits and three runs scored in his first career game, he becomes the 19th player in MLB history to have two or more hits, score three or more runs, and have at least one extra-base hit in a Major League debut.
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