OKC Dodgers Game Notes - August 12, 2018
Memphis Redbirds (74-44) vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers (61-54)
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Game #116 of 140/Home #60 of 70 (34-25)
Pitching Probables: MEM-RHP Jake Woodford (3-2, 3.65) vs. OKC-RHP Brock Stewart (2-2, 2.91)
Sunday, August 12, 2018 | Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark | Oklahoma City, Okla. | 6:05 p.m. CT
Radio: KGHM AM-1340 The Game, 1340thegame.com, iHeartRadio - Alex Freedman
Today's Game: The OKC Dodgers conclude their current four-game series, as well as their season series, against the Memphis Redbirds at 6:05 p.m. at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on a Chaparral Energy Family Sunday...The Redbirds lead the current series, 3-0, and will try for a series sweep. OKC has lost five straight games for its second-longest losing streak of 2018. OKC has also lost seven of the last eight games and will look to avoid being swept in multiple four-game home series for the first time since 2011.
Last Game: Memphis sent the Dodgers to their most lopsided loss of the season Saturday night, defeating OKC, 14-0, at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Five Memphis pitchers combined on the shutout, holding the Dodgers to three hits through seven innings and to six hits total. Memphis scored four runs in the second inning. After loading the bases with none out, Tommy Edman hit a sacrifice fly and Edmundo Sosa followed with a RBI single. Later with two outs, Lane Thomas hit a two-run triple. The Redbirds tacked on a run in the top of the sixth on a two-out RBI single by Ramon Urias for a 5-0 advantage. Memphis went on to score nine more runs over the eighth and ninth innings while totaling nine hits. Three different Redbirds scored in both the eighth and ninth innings, as they sent a total of 17 batters to the plate. Memphis' Chris Ellis (4-4) piggybacked starting pitcher Tyler Lyons was credited with the win. He entered the game in the third inning and pitched 4.0 shutout innings, retiring 12 of the 13 batters he faced, with six strikeouts. Dodgers starting pitcher Logan Bawcom (1-2) was charged with the loss, allowing five runs and seven hits over 6.0 innings.
Today's Probable Pitcher: Brock Stewart (2-2) takes the mound for OKC in his 15th start with the team...In his last start Aug. 6 in Reno, Stewart cruised through 6.2 innings, retiring 19 of the 21 batters he faced, before running into trouble. After holding the Aces scoreless and to two hits through six innings and securing the first two outs of the seventh, Stewart then allowed three homers within the next four batters and allowed a total of four runs. Stewart tied his season high with eight strikeouts and did not allow a walk in the no decision...Prior to his last start, Stewart had allowed three total home runs through his first 13 starts with OKC this season and had not given up a home run over his previous seven starts...Over his three outings prior to Aug. 6, Stewart had allowed just two runs and 11 hits over 16.0 IP, with only one hit going for extra bases...He's holding PCL left-handed batters to a .193 average and all hitters to a .125 clip with runners in scoring position...Stewart has shuttled between the Minors and Majors the last three seasons, going 2-3 with a 4.84 ERA over 33 career appearances (11 starts) with the Los Angeles Dodgers...Stewart was selected by the Dodgers in the sixth round of the 2014 MLB Draft from Illinois State University and was named the Dodgers' 2016 Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher of the Year...Tonight is his second career appearance against Memphis. He last started against the Redbirds July 28, 2016 at AutoZone Park, holding Memphis to one run and two hits over 6.0 IP. He issued one walk and recorded three K's in the win.
Against the Redbirds: 2018: 5-10 2017: 8-7 All-time: 173-161 At OKC: 97-68
Today marks the final regular season meeting between the teams. This is just the third time in the teams' 21-year history Memphis has won at least 10 games in one season against OKC, last accomplished in 2011 (11). The Redbirds have also tied their mark for the most wins in one season at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2000, 2013)...Memphis won the last series between the teams, 3-1, at AutoZone Park May 21-24, ending a streak of five consecutive series splits between the teams...The Dodgers have pitched shutouts in three of their five wins...On May 10 during an 8-4 victory, the Dodgers set a Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark record with six home runs in one game...Memphis has already clinched a win in the season series, snapping a streak of five consecutive season series victories for OKC. It Memphis' first win in the season series since 2011, and today the Redbirds will go for just their second-ever sweep at The Brick (July 4-7, 2011).
The Ugly Details: OKC's 14-0 defeat Saturday was the most lopsided shutout loss in the team's PCL era (since 1998) and it's one of just five losses ever that have come by at least 14 runs. The last time OKC lost by at least 14 runs was during a 24-7 defeat at Memphis on July 22, 2012. Last night's loss also tied the team's largest ever margin of defeat at home, also against the Redbirds, in a 20-6 loss on June 30, 2012.
Bat Breaker: Saturday marked the sixth shutout loss of the season for the Dodgers...The Dodgers have been held to seven runs over their last four games, scoring in just five of 36 innings after combining for 17 runs on 33 hits in Reno Aug. 5-6...The Dodgers have been held to two runs or less in nine of their last 14 games...The Dodgers were held to six hits last night, and although they have tallied 49 hits over their last five games, they are batting just .180 (9x50) with runners in scoring position during that time...The offensive issues have been even more prevalent at home of late. In the team's last seven games in Bricktown, the Dodgers have batted just .218 (49x225) and have scored a total of 13 runs, with two or fewer runs in six of seven games. That includes a .200 clip with RISP (10x50) and just one solo home run. They've scored past the fourth inning only twice (three runs), and against opposing bullpens over the last seven home games, the team is batting .147 (14x95) with two runs over 27.2 innings...The Dodgers have not hit a home run in seven of the last eight games. They've been kept inside the park in five straight games for their longest streak without a homer this season.
Mound Maladies: The Dodgers have allowed at least five runs in seven of the last eight games. During that time, they've allowed 65 runs in 68.0 innings, and opponents have combined to bat .332 (99x298). The Dodgers haven't been able to avoid the big inning, with the opponent scoring four or more runs in one inning eight times, including at least once in five of the last six games and in three innings last night alone...Over the last eight games, opponents have combined for 33 extra-base hits. The Dodgers had allowed two or fewer extra-base hits in 17 of the previous 18 games, including nine straight prior to Aug. 3...Things have been especially rough for the bullpen of late, as the relief corps has given up 32 runs over 22.1 innings, with opponents batting .416 (47x113)...The team's current 4.02 ERA is the highest it has been all season.
Timmy Lo-Down: Tim Locastro accounted for three of the Dodgers' six hits last night, including a double for the team's lone extra-base knock. It was Locastro's fifth three-hit game of the season, but his first since May 18 vs. Nashville...He has now hit safely in three straight games and in six of his last seven games, batting .407 (11-for-27) with four multi-hit efforts...He leads OKC with 12 hits and six runs scored in August and is tied with Kyle Farmer with a team-best five doubles.
Around the Horn: Alex Verdugo did not play yesterday but continues to lead the PCL with a .341 batting average...Edwin Ríos notched a hit last night and has now hit safely in five of his last six games, including four multi-hit outings, batting .429 (9-for-21)...Kyle Farmer's 16 doubles since July 1 are tied for most in the Minors...Donovan Solano has been held hitless in back-to-back starts for just the second time this season.
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