OKC Dodgers Game Notes - August 18, 2018
Iowa Cubs (45-77) vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers (64-57)
Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Game #122 of 140/Home #62 of 70 (36-25)
Pitching Probables: IOW-RHP Alec Mills (5-12, 4.93) vs. OKC-RHP Zach Neal (3-2, 4.85)
Saturday, August 18, 2018 | Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark | Oklahoma City, Okla. | 7:05 p.m. CT
TV: YurView on Cox (Channel 1333/703) - Alex Freedman & Grant Hansen
Radio: KGHM AM-1340 The Game, 1340thegame.com, iHeartRadio - Adam Hildebrandt
Today's Game: The Oklahoma City Dodgers continue their series against the Iowa Cubs at 7:05 p.m. at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the first 2,000 fans through the gates will receive a Cody Bellinger bobblehead. Cox Communications will televise the game live on YurView on Cox (Channel 1333) beginning five minutes before first pitch.
Last Game: Tim Locastro hit a RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning to tie the game before Andrew Toles drilled a two-run homer out to left field to send the Dodgers to a 6-4 walk-off win against Iowa Friday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Iowa took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 11th, scoring the go-ahead run on a wild pitch before OKC answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame. The win snapped a three-game losing skid for OKC in a wild game that featured four hit batters and four ejections, as well as the benches and bullpens clearing in the sixth inning after Connor Joe was hit in the helmet by a pitch. Iowa grabbed the game's first lead in the third inning on a RBI double by Chris Coghlan. OKC took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning on a two-run triple by Toles down the right field line. Donovan Solano followed with a RBI single for a 3-1 lead. The I-Cubs cut the Dodgers' advantage to one run in the top of the sixth on a RBI double by Taylor Davis. Iowa tied the game, 3-3, in the top of the eighth on Ryan Court's RBI double. Brock Stewart pitched 6.0 innings for OKC, holding Iowa to two runs on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. OKC reliever Stetson Allie (2-0) pitched the top of the 11th and was credited with the win for OKC. Iowa reliever Casey Coleman (2-4) was charged with a blown save and the loss, allowing the deciding runs in the 11th inning.
Today's Probable Pitcher: Zach Neal (3-2) makes his eighth start and 11th appearance of the season for OKC tonight...He last started Aug. 13 in Omaha, allowing four runs and six hits over 5.0 innings with one walk and four strikeouts. He did not factor into the decision of OKC's 10-5 victory. All four runs and six hits occurred in the fourth inning, but outside of that frame, he retired 12 of the 14 batters he faced...Over his last three appearances (12.0 IP), he has allowed just one walk...Neal returned to OKC following a four-player trade with Cincinnati July 4. Since rejoining the team, Neal has made eight appearances (five starts) and has posted a 5.18 ERA with opponents batting .275...The team is 5-2 in his starts and he has allowed two or fewer earned runs in four of the seven games...He also made two starts with OKC in April before an April 17 trade sent him to Cincinnati. Neal then made 18 appearances (three starts) with Triple-A Louisville...In 2017, Neal made six relief appearances during two stints with Oakland, and spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Nashville...Tonight is Neal's first appearance of the season against Iowa and fourth career start overall against the I-Cubs, and he is 0-3 with a 5.21 ERA over his first three career starts against Iowa.
Against the I-Cubs: 2018: 8-1 2017: 9-7 All-time: 148-146 At OKC: 80-68
Entering today, the Dodgers have won seven straight meetings against the I-Cubs, as well as eight of nine meetings so far this season...The teams are playing four games over three days to make up a game that was postponed April 9 due to inclement weather in Des Moines...The Dodgers swept the last series between the teams April 25-29 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 5-0...The Dodgers also won a weather-shortened series in Des Moines to start the season, 2-1, as two of the three games extended into extra innings...Dodgers pitchers have held Iowa to a .216 batting average over the first nine meetings as OKC has outscored Iowa, 42-23, and outhit the I-Cubs, 81-65...The Dodgers won the 2017 series between the teams, 9-7, and went 4-4 against Iowa at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
For Whom the Bell Toles: Andrew Toles finished last night's game with a game-high three hits, including a triple and his fifth home run of the season as he secured the Dodgers' walk-off win with the two-run shot in the 11th inning. He also racked up four RBI on the night and scored two runs to pace the Dodgers' offense...Yesterday ended a couple of notable droughts for Toles. Entering Friday, Toles had been held 0-for-11 over his last three games and 2-for-22 over his last seven games. He also had not homered since July 8 vs. Round Rock. His walk-off homer was just the team's second home run over the last 11 games.
Bricktown Magic: Last night was the team's sixth walk-off win of the season and the third that ended on a home run (Alex Verdugo, April 15 vs. New Orleans; Kyle Garlick, July 18 vs. New Orleans)...Of the six walk-off wins, the Dodgers have trailed entering the bottom of the deciding inning. It was also the ninth time in OKC's 36 home wins the Dodgers have trailed in the eighth inning or later.
Dominant Donovan: Donovan Solano picked up a hit last night and his team-leading ninth RBI in August. He's now hit safely in five straight games, going 7-for-21 during the stretch...Solano is batting .358 (87x243) through 63 games with OKC this season, including 18 doubles, with 40 RBI and 34 runs scored. He also has 29 multi-hit outings through his 63 games.
Breaking Out?: After totaling four runs and 17 hits over the previous three games, the Dodgers managed to score six runs last night, but were held to eight hits over 11 innings. Going back to Tuesday, the Dodgers are just 18-for-the-last-117 (.154). During the last four games, they've gone 10-for-56 (.179) with runners on 4-for-32 (.125) with RISP...Over the last 14 games, the Dodgers are 4-10 and in each of their four wins have scored six or more runs. The team has batted .331 (51x154), with 37 total runs, 22 extra-base hits (4 HR) and are 22-for-62 (.355) with RISP. But in the 10 losses, the Dodgers have batted .228 (77x337), with 19 runs, 19 extra-base hits (0 HR) and are 12-for-73 (.164) with RISP...OKC has scored two or fewer runs in 11 of the last 20 games.
Ball Magnet: Tim Locastro was hit by a pitch last night for third time in two games and fifth time in four games. He leads the Minors with 11 HBP's in the month of August, and his 19 total HBP's overall this season are second-most in Triple-A...Locastro's 17 hits this month lead the Dodgers, and he also leads the team with a .437 OBP this month.
Power Restored?: Andrew Toles' walk-off homer in the 11th inning marked just the Dodgers' second home run in the last 11 games and fourth over the last 14 games. OKC has not hit a home run in 11 of the last 14 games, as well as nine of the last 11...On the other hand, the Dodgers have allowed only one homer over the last eight games -- a solo homer by Omaha's Jack Lopez Aug. 15. The team's 89 homers allowed this season are fewest in the PCL.
Celebrity Rehab: Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Josh Fields joined OKC on a rehab assignment Friday and pitched the seventh inning. He retired all three batters he faced on two groundouts and a popout, throwing 11 pitches (10 strikes)...Fellow injured LAD reliever Yimi Garcia has joined OKC as well to continue his rehab assignment. Coincidentally, today is Garcia's 28th birthday.
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