De Jong (0-1) allowed five runs (three earned) on eight hits and no walks while striking out four across 3.1 innings to take the loss Saturday against the Royals.
De Jong didn't allow a home run but surrendered at least one run in three of the four innings he pitched. The real trouble came in the final frame, when he allowed three consecutive runners to reach base -- all of which came around to score -- before being pulled from the game. De Jong has pitched 32.1 innings at the major-league level across the last two seasons and has posted a 5.57 ERA and 1.52 WHIP.
De Jong will start Sunday's game game against the Royals.
After earning a call to the big leagues earlier this month when rosters expanded, De Jong made his Twins debut last weekend versus these same Royals. Though it looked as though De Jong would only be making a spot start, he earned another turn through the rotation for the Twins' series in Kansas City after striking out five and allowing only five baserunners over four shutout innings. He'll likely be allowed to work deeper into Saturday's start should his performance warrant a longer leash.
De Jong tossed four scoreless innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Royals, allowing one hit and four walks with five strikeouts.
De Jong made his first appearance of the season at the MLB level, and while he struggled to find the strike zone at times, he yielded just one hit while holding the opposition scoreless. He was lifted after throwing 73 pitches through four frames, but that could have had just as much to do with the team's recent use of the sixth starter's spot as it did with his own performance. De Jong could stick with the club through the end of the season, though it remains to be seen if they allow him a longer leash in his next outing.
De Jong was sent to Minnesota alongside Ryan Costello for Zack Duke on Monday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
De Jong has spent the entirety of the 2018 campaign at Double-A Arkansas, posting a 3.80 ERA and 1.30 WHIP with an 89:34 K:BB across 120.2 innings. The 24-year-old right-hander may be a candidate for a September callup with the Twins after appearing in seven games for the Mariners last year.
De Jong (4-3) compiled eight strikeouts and allowed two earned runs on five hits and a walk over eight innings in Double-A Arkansas' win over Frisco on Sunday.
De Jong has now put together back-to-back quality starts for the Travelers, a stretch during which he's whiffed 15 batters over 14 innings. The 24-year-old southpaw owns a 4-3 record, 3.84 ERA and 1.26 WHIP over 58.2 innings across 10 starts. The Mariners put the brakes on De Jong after he struggled at both Triple-A Tacoma (6.00 ERA) and with the big-league club (6.35 ERA) last season, and the move back down to the Double-A level appears to mostly be working to his advantage. In addition to his recent pair of solid outings, De Jong had also strung together a streak of four additional quality starts from April 12-29.
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