OKC Dodgers Game Notes - July 23, 2019
Oklahoma City Dodgers (46-54) vs. Nashville Sounds (42-58)
Game #101 of 140/Road #54 of 70 (26-27)
Pitching Probables: OKC-RHP Dustin May (1-0, 3.52) vs. NAS-RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx (0-2, 5.30)
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | First Tennessee Park | Nashville, Tenn. | 7:05 p.m. CT
Radio: KGHM AM-1340 The Game, 1340thegame.com, iHeartRadio - Alex Freedman
Today's Game: The OKC Dodgers open a three-game road series against the Nashville Sounds at 7:05 p.m. at First Tennessee Park. The Dodgers have won four straight games, including a three-game sweep of PCL-leading San Antonio, and are 12-4 over the last 16 games.
Last Game: Keibert Ruiz made his Triple-A debut, hitting a two-run homer and collecting four RBI as OKC put up big numbers at the plate again during a 12-8 win against San Antonio Sunday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. San Antonio jumped out to the first lead, scoring three runs with two outs in the first inning. Gavin Lux tripled to lead off for OKC in the bottom of the inning and scored on Ruiz's first Triple-A hit - a RBI single into center field. The Dodgers added another run when Ruiz scored on a RBI groundout by Connor Joe. The Dodgers loaded the bases in the second inning and Ruiz grounded into a force out at second base to allow the tying run to score. RBI singles by Edwin Ríos and Jon Kemmer gave OKC a 5-3 lead. San Antonio's Nate Orf homered in the fourth for San Antonio to get within one run. In the bottom of the inning, Ríos hit a monster home run over the right end of the batter's eye to extend OKC's lead to 6-4. DJ Peters was hit by a pitch before Joe hit a two-run homer into OKC's bullpen. In the fifth, Ruiz hit a two-run homer down the left-field line. A RBI single by San Antonio's Trent Grisham cut OKC's lead to 10-5 in the seventh. A RBI ground-rule double by Ríos and a run scored on a wild pitch pushed OKC's lead to 12-5. In the ninth, Hernan Pérez hit a three-run homer to cut the lead to 12-8 with two outs. Dennis Santana (4-7) picked up the win, allowing one hit over 1.2 scoreless innings before leaving due to injury. Johan Belisario (0-2) was charged with the loss.
Today's Probable Pitcher: Top Dodgers pitching prospect Dustin May (1-0) takes the mound for his fourth Triple-A start and second against the Sounds...May last pitched July 17 at Iowa, allowing one run and six hits over 5.1 innings. He retired the side in order three times and notched eight strikeouts against one walk in a no decision...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, May 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 K's...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...He made his Triple-A debut at First Tennessee Park June 30, allowing two runs and five hits over 5.0 innings to earn the win in the team's 13-6 victory.
Against the Sounds: 2019: 3-5 2018: 7-9 All-time: 186-158 At NAS: 90-84
The Dodgers make their second trip of the season to First Tennessee Park to meet Nashville for the third series between the teams in 2019...The teams last met in Nashville June 29-July 3 with the Dodgers opening the series 2-0 before the Sounds won the final three meetings...The Sounds took two of three games in OKC May 7-10, with the finale currently suspended...Zach Reks and Cameron Perkins each have a team-best nine hits in the series, while Perkins has eight RBI. Jon Kemmer hit three home runs at First Tennessee Park during the last series...The Sounds are now the Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers after serving as the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics the past four seasons...Nashville won the 2018 series against OKC, 9-7, winning seven of the final nine meetings. It marked just the second time in eight years the Sounds won the season series...Since First Tennessee Park opened in 2015, the Dodgers are 22-15 in Music City and have not finished with a record below .500 there in any of the four seasons.
Dinger Details: The Dodgers hit three more home runs Sunday and have now homered in a season-best 14 consecutive games for the first time since May 13-27, 2017. Since the streak began during Game 2 of a doubleheader July 5, they have hit an incredible 36 homers during the stretch - most in all of professional baseball and six more than the next-highest total (Houston Astros) - including 19 over the last four games...The Dodgers have collected seven straight multi-homer games for the first time this season (27 HR), and in four of the last six games, there has been at least one individual multi-homer performance, as well as five in the team's last 10 games.
Boom Goes the Dynamite: Oklahoma City has compiled 50 runs and 53 hits - including 19 homers and 28 extra-base hits - over the last four games and has also recorded double-digit runs four times in six games. Over the 11 games following the All-Star Break, the Dodgers are batting .314 with a PCL-leading 94 runs, 32 home runs and .639 SLG...The Dodgers are 5-1 over the last six games and have outscored their opponents, 68-35, while batting .333 (77x231) with 25 home runs.
Luxury Tax: Gavin Lux was named PCL Player of the Week Monday for the period of June 15-21. Over seven games he went 15-for-30 with eight extra-base hits, five home runs, 12 RBI, 13 runs and a 1.728 OPS...Lux has reached base safely in each of his first 18 Triple-A games and hit safely in 17 of those games. Since joining OKC, Lux is batting .487 (37x76) with a .552 OBP, .961 SLG and 1.512 OPS. The shortstop has 10 multi-hit games, 19 extra-base hits, 23 RBI and 29 runs scored so far with OKC...Since his promotion June 27, Lux's OPS, AVG, OBP, SLG, hits, extra-base hits and runs scored are the most among all players in the domestic Minors or Majors...The 21-year-old also leads Dodgers full-season minor leaguers with a .352 AVG and 118 hits...Entering today he has scored at least one run in 10 straight games (17 R) and in 13 of his last 14 games (23 R).
Another Young Gun: Dodgers top prospect Keibert Ruiz was promoted from Double-A Tulsa Sunday and went 2-for-4 with a home run, season-high four RBI and two runs scored. He grounded a RBI single to center field in his first at-bat and brought home another run in the second inning when he hit into a fielder's choice. Ruiz then knocked a two-run homer down the left-field line in the fifth inning that landed in the lower left-hand corner of the Budweiser Deck for his first Triple-A home run...His four RBI Sunday marked his most in a single game since Aug. 14, 2018 with Tulsa against Corpus Christi...The catcher - who just turned 21 on Saturday - entered the 2019 season tabbed as the Dodgers top overall prospect according to Baseball America.
CoJo's Bite: Connor Joe has homered in each of the last two games, marking the third time this season he's homered in consecutive games, and on Sunday, reached base four times while tying his season high with three RBI...Over the last 22 games, Joe is batting .364 (28x77) and has eight homers, seven doubles, 25 RBI, 25 runs scored and 20 walks. Since June 27, Joe paces the PCL in walks, ranks tied for second in home runs, second in runs scored, second in RBI and tied for third in OBP (.500)...Joe leads OKC's qualified players with a .434 OBP (third in PCL), 61 runs and 53 walks (fifth in PCL) .
Starters Beware: Over the last six games, the OKC lineup has ran roughshod over opposing starting pitchers, batting .398 (45x113) with 46 runs, 16 home runs, 27 extra-base hits, 16 homers, 21 walks and 19 strikeouts over just 22.1 innings. Fix of the six have not lasted past 4.0 innings.
Around the Horn: The Dodgers have won 13 of the last 15 series openers, including seven of the last eight road series openers...DJ Peters has reached base in each of his first 22 Triple-A games, slashing .338/.466/.725 so far with OKC...Going back to June 12, Will Smith has 11 home runs over his last 17 games with OKC, accounting for 11 of his 17 hits during that span...Since his return to OKC July 11, Kyle Garlick is batting .417 (15x36) with 11 extra-base hits...Dodgers pitchers notched 13 strikeouts Sunday for their 48th double-digit strikeout game of the season, while OKC hitters drew a season-high 11 walks...Sunday's game took 3:55 to complete and included 44 plate appearances without a ball put in play (24 K, 16 BB, 4 HBP).
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