OKC Dodgers Game Notes - July 12, 2018
Oklahoma City Dodgers (46-39) vs. Round Rock Express (43-46)
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Texas Rangers
Game #86 of 140/Road #41 of 70 (18-22)
Pitching Probables: OKC-RHP Daniel Corcino (2-1, 2.94) vs. RR-RHP Tyler Wagner (0-3, 4.47)
Thursday, July 12, 2018 | Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark | Oklahoma City, Okla. | 7:05 p.m. CT
Radio: KGHM AM-1340 The Game, 1340thegame.com, iHeartRadio - Alex Freedman
Today's Game: The Oklahoma City Dodgers return from the PCL All-Star Break and open a four-game road series against the Round Rock Express at 7:05 p.m. at Dell Diamond. Heading into the All-Star Break, the Dodgers went 5-15 over the last 20 games.
Last Game: Round Rock scored 16 runs between the third and sixth innings Sunday afternoon to overcome an early four-run deficit and send the Dodgers to an 18-8 loss in Oklahoma City. The teams combined for 26 runs and 36 hits in the final game before the PCL All-Star Break. OKC built a 4-0 lead, starting with a two-run homer by Andrew Toles in the first inning. In the second inning, Henry Ramos hit a solo homer. Jake Peter followed with a triple, then scored on a RBI groundout by Connor Joe. The Express scored three runs in the third inning, all with two outs. The Dodgers got a run back in the bottom of the inning when Ramos lined a RBI single into left field for a 5-3 lead. A two-run homer by Round Rock's Scott Heineman in the fourth inning tied the game. The Express broke the tie in the fifth with three home runs before racking up seven runs in the sixth inning to open up a 16-5 lead. OKC scored two runs in the seventh inning on a RBI double by Edwin RÃ-os, who later scored on a passed ball. The Express loaded the bases in the eighth and scored a run when Heineman hit into a double play. RÃ-os hit a two-out RBI single in the eighth for the Dodgers' final run of the day. Christian Lopes' solo homer out to left field in the top of the ninth finished the scoring. Dodgers reliever Logan Ondrusek (0-1) was charged with the loss, while Round Rock starting pitcher David Hurlbut (4-5) got the win.
Today's Probable Pitcher: Daniel Corcino (2-1) looks to rebound from his first loss of the season with OKC when he takes the mound for the Dodgers...Corcino was designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Dodgers July 4 following a trade with the Cincinnati Reds to acquire Dylan Floro. Corcino was then outrighted to OKC July 8...In his last appearance for OKC June 29 in New Orleans, Corcino was charged with his first loss, allowing three runs and five hits over 5.0 innings in OKC's 4-2 defeat. He tied his season high with four walks allowed and recorded five strikeouts...He has allowed seven runs over his last two outings after allowing a total of 13 runs (nine earned) in his first 11 appearances this season...Corcino had his contract selected by Los Angeles June 9 and he made his first ML appearance since Sept. 2014 that night with a 1-2-3 inning against Atlanta. In his next outing June 12 against Texas, he picked up his first career ML save...He has allowed one or no earned runs in six of his nine starts with OKC. Opponents are batting .207, and the Dodgers are 7-2 in his starts...He split 2017 between High-A Rancho Cucamonga, Double-A Tulsa and Double-A Tennessee (Cubs). He was released by the Cubs April 27, 2017 and signed by the Dodgers May 11, 2017...He originally signed as an amateur free agent with the Reds Jan. 11, 2008...Tonight is his second appearance and first start of the season against the Express. He allowed two runs and one hit over 2.1 innings of relief with four walks and one strikeout April 20 in Texas.
Against the Express: 2018: 7-5 2017: 9-6 All-time: 121-97 At RR: 62-45 The Express and Dodgers are meeting again after playing each other in a five-game series in OKC prior to the All-Star Break. Rock Round took four of five games and outscored the Dodgers, 41-23, in the series. The Express opened the series by winning three consecutive games at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark for the first time since 2014 and won three straight in one series in OKC for the first time since 2011...Over the first seven meetings between the teams, the Express batted just .204 while scoring 23 runs. But over the five games at The Brick, the Express batted .356 (69x194) while scoring 41 times...The teams last met in Round Rock April 17-20, with the Dodgers winning the series, 3-1, which still stands as the Dodgers' only four-game road series win this season...The Dodgers won the 2017 head-to-head series, 9-6, and have won three straight season series against Round Rock.
Rock Star: Catcher Rocky Gale participated in the Triple-A All-Star Game Wednesday night in Columbus, Ohio. He entered the game in the fourth inning and hit a RBI single in the sixth inning. He went 1-for-2 in the PCL All-Stars' 12-7 win against the International League All-Stars...Although starting pitcher Manny Bañuelos, reliever Pat Venditte and outfielder Alex Verdugo were initially selected to the PCL All-Star roster, they were unable to participate in last night's contest.
Off the Rails: The 18 runs scored by the Express in the last meeting between the teams July 8 in OKC were the most runs allowed by an Oklahoma City team since the RedHawks allowed a team-record 24 runs July 22, 2012 in Memphis. The 18-run total by Round Rock tied for the fourth-most runs allowed by OKC since rejoining the PCL in 1998, and tied for the second most the team has ever allowed at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark...The seven runs Round Rock scored in the sixth inning Sunday were the most allowed by the Dodgers in an inning this season and most allowed in an inning since the Express scored 10 runs in the sixth inning of an Aug. 11, 2017 game in OKC...The 21 total hits allowed by the Dodgers in the game marked the highest opponent hit total since Oklahoma City allowed 23 hits at El Paso May 19, 2017. The 21 hits also tied for the sixth-most allowed by OKC since 1998, and again, tied for the second-most ever allowed at The Brick...Round Rock's five home runs in the game tied the most by an OKC opponent in a game this season...The inside-the-park homer hit by Drew Robinson in the fifth inning was the first against OKC since Paulo Orlando hit one for Omaha June 26, 2014 in OKC...Sunday was also the fourth time this season the team lost when leading by at least four runs and the second time it happened in the last eight games.
Summer Blues: Following a 5-3 win over Las Vegas on June 17, the Dodgers stood a season-best 17 games above .500 with a 41-24 record and had a 6.0-game lead in the American Northern Division standings. Since that day, they have gone 5-15 over the last 20 games, including 3-12 over the last 15 games. They trail Colorado Springs by 1.5 games in the division standings - the furthest they have been out of first place this season...The Dodgers have a -35 run differential during the 20-game span and four losses have come by six runs or more.
Adding Some Flavor: In the five-game series against Round Rock in OKC, Kyle Garlick went 9-for-16 with two doubles, a homer and four runs scored...Over his last eight games, Garlick is 12-for-29 (.414) with four extra-base hits.
Henry's Heating Up: Henry Ramos collected his second straight multi-hit game Sunday, as well as his third in the last four games, going 3-for-4 with a homer. Ramos is 5-for-7 over his last two games, and over his last nine games, Ramos is batting .429 (12x28) with five multi-hit games, three homers and seven RBI...Four of his eight homers for the season have come in the last 11 games.
Around the Horn: Alex Verdugo has not played since July 5, but he enters today tied for the PCL lead with a .350 batting average. He is 11-for-20 over his last five starts, with four multi-hit outings...OKC designated hitters this season have combined to bat .327 with 20 extra-base hits and 20 RBI over 40 games...Edwin RÃ-os is 8-for-18 over his last six games.
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