OKC Dodgers Game Notes - July 17, 2019
Oklahoma City Dodgers (42-53) vs. Iowa Cubs (54-42)
Game #96 of 140/Road #52 of 70 (25-26)
Pitching Probables: OKC-RHP Dustin May (1-0, 4.50) vs. IOW-RHP Adbert Alzolay (2-3, 4.28)
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 | Principal Park | Des Moines, Iowa | 7:08 p.m. CT
Radio: KGHM AM-1340 The Game, 1340thegame.com, iHeartRadio - Alex Freedman
Today's Game: The Oklahoma City Dodgers seek back-to-back wins and look to take the series lead when they continue their road series against the Iowa Cubs at 7:08 p.m. at Principal Park. The Dodgers are 8-3 over their last 11 games and 4-2 through six games on the current road trip.
Last Game: Will Smith hit two home runs in the first two innings, including a grand slam, and went on to compile a career-high seven RBI to lead the Dodgers to a 13-4 win against Iowa Tuesday night at Principal Park. Gavin Lux, who finished 4-for-5, led off the game with a single before Smith hit a fly ball out to left-center field for a 2-0 Dodgers lead. The Dodgers loaded the bases in the second inning for Smith, who hit a grand slam out to center field. Edwin Ríos came up to bat next and went back-to-back with Smith, homering for a 7-0 lead. Iowa got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second inning, scoring two runs on a double by Dixon Machado. Smith drew a bases-loaded walk in the third inning, and Donnie Dewees hit a solo homer in the bottom of the frame. The Dodgers added another run in the fourth inning when Drew Jackson hit into a fielder's choice. OKC's run total reached double digits in the eighth inning when Shane Peterson knocked a RBI triple. After a throwing error on a pickoff attempt plated another run, Lux then connected on a towering two-run homer out to the base of the scoreboard in right field to extend Oklahoma City's lead to 13-3. Iowa's Zack Short homered with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Dodgers starting pitcher Dennis Santana (3-7) tied his season-high mark with 6.0 innings pitched, allowing three runs (one earned) and four hits with one walk and six strikeouts. Iowa starting pitcher Trevor Clifton (3-8) was knocked out after three innings and took the loss.
Today's Probable Pitcher: Top Dodgers pitching prospect Dustin May (1-0) makes his third Triple-A start...May most recently pitched July 11 in Memphis, allowing four runs (three earned) and four hits over 5.0 innings with three walks and three strikeouts in a no decision during the team's 8-6 win...In his Triple-A debut June 30 at Nashville, May picked up the win, allowing two runs and five hits over 5.0 IP with two walks and three K's in OKC's 13-6 victory...He appeared in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game July 7 in Cleveland and pitched the third inning. He induced three groundouts on eight pitches...At the time of his promotion to OKC, the 21-year-old was tied for the Texas League lead with 15 starts, ranked second in strikeouts (86), fourth in WHIP (1.15), fourth in BAA (.237) and sixth in ERA (3.74)...He earned Texas League Player of the Week honors after his June 22 start against Amarillo, which included 7.0 shutout innings and a career-high 14 strikeouts...May made 23 starts between High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa last season, going 9-5 with a 3.39 ERA. He earned the victory in Tulsa's Texas League Championship Series clincher...He began the season tabbed as the Dodgers No. 4 prospect and top pitching prospect by Baseball America...May was selected by the Dodgers in the third round of the 2016 MLB Draft out of Northwest High School in Justin, Texas.
Against the I-Cubs: 2019: 4-6 2018: 11-5 All-time: 155-156 At IOW: 73-84
The Dodgers and Cubs meet for their third series of the season, but for the first time since April...Iowa won a four-game set in OKC April 19-22, with the I-Cubs winning the first three games before the Dodgers won the series finale. Iowa outscored OKC, 34-16, during the series...The Dodgers split a four-game series at Iowa April 13-15...Will Smith paces the Dodgers with 13 RBI and four home runs...After winning just five games all season against the Dodgers in 2018, the I-Cubs have already surpassed that total through nine matchups in 2019, with wins in six of the last nine games...OKC outscored the I-Cubs, 64-43, last season, but have been outscored, 54-48, so far this season...The Dodgers have won the last two season series against Iowa, as well as three of the last four...Going back to last season, Iowa is 9-5 over last 14 games against OKC.
Now This is a Story All About How...: Will Smith racked up a career-high seven RBI through the first three innings of Tuesday night's game in Iowa. He hit a two-run homer in the first inning out to left-center field and ripped a grand slam out to center field in his next at-bat in the second inning for OKC's second grand slam of the season and the first of Smith's pro career. Then in the third inning, he drew a bases-loaded walk...Smith became the first Oklahoma City player with seven RBI in one game since Brandon Laird on Aug. 3, 2013 against Colorado Springs...Smith paces the OKC Dodgers with 18 home runs this season and has hit 21 total homers this season, including his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers...Last night was Smith's third multi-homer game with OKC this season and second in his last four games. Each of his last four hits have left the ballpark... Going back to June 12, Smith now has 10 home runs over his last 14 games with OKC, accounting for 10 of his 15 hits during that span.
Luxury Tax: Gavin Lux hit a towering two-run home run out to right field in the eighth inning last night and has now homered in three straight games. Between OKC and Double-A Tulsa, it's the third time he's homered in at least three consecutive games, including four straight games May 4-7...Last night Lux went 4-for-5 with two RBI, three runs scored and a walk as he tallied his third four-hit outing since joining OKC June 27 and his sixth overall four-hit game of 2019. Lux has now hit safely in each of his first 13 Triple-A games, batting .500 (27-for--54) to go along with a .550 OBP and .926 SLG. He's tallied seven multi-hit games, 13 extra-base hits, 14 RBI and 20 runs scored...Since his promotion, Lux's 1.476 OPS, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage lead all players in the Majors or domestic Minors, while his 27 hits and 20 runs are tied for most in the PCL during that stretch...The 21-year-old also leads Dodgers full-season minor leaguers with a .345 AVG and 108 hits.
Road Work: With last night's victory, the Dodgers are 16-7 over their last 23 road games and have outscored opponents, 183-124. Over that span, OKC is batting .309 (251x813) with 108 extra-base hits, 45 home runs and is hitting .327 (72x220) with runners in scoring position...OKC has scored 10 or more runs in eight of the 16 victories and nine times overall during the 23 games. They've scored at least seven runs in 14 of the 23 games and have been held to four or fewer runs just five times, but they have scored fewer than three runs twice in the last four games.
Dinger Details: The Dodgers connected on four home runs last night, as they have now homered in nine straight games (15 HR) and in 15 of their last 17 games (31 HR)...Will Smith and Edwin Ríos hit back-to-back homers in the second inning for OKC's fifth back-to-back homers in 2019...Tuesday was the fourth time this season the Dodgers hit four or more homers in a game and third time since June 30...OKC allowed two homers Tuesday and has allowed five homers over the first two games of the current series after allowing just four homers over the previous eight games.
CoJo's Bite: Connor Joe reached base four more times last night with a double, two walks and hit by pitch. Over the last 18 games he's batting .393 (22x56) and has five homers, six doubles, 17 RBI, 20 runs scored and 17 walks. Since June 27, Joe paces the PCL in walks, is tied for first in runs with teammate Gavin Lux and his .532 OBP is second-best, only trailing Lux's .550...Joe leads OKC's qualified players with a .437 OBP (third in PCL), and his 56 runs and 50 walks (t-fourth PCL) also both lead the team.
Around the Horn: DJ Peters singled and walked last night and has reached base in each of his first 17 Triple-A games, slashing .361/.468/.672 with the Dodgers...Caleb Ferguson has yet to allow a run in 11 games with OKC this season (13.1 IP). He's struck out 23 of the 48 total batters faced...Last night marked the third game this season the Dodgers had multiple innings of four-plus runs.
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