OKC Dodgers Game Notes - June 12, 2019
Oklahoma City Dodgers (24-39) vs. Albuquerque Isotopes (30-35)
Game #64 of 140/Road #34 of 70 (14-19)
Pitching Probables: OKC-RHP Mitchell White (1-4, 7.43) vs. ABQ-LHP Kyle Freeland (0-1, 7.20)
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 | Isotopes Park | Albuquerque, N.M. | 7:35 p.m. CT
Radio: KGHM AM-1340 The Game, 1340thegame.com, iHeartRadio - Alex Freedman
Today's Game: The OKC Dodgers open a seven-game Pacific Conference road trip at 7:35 p.m. Central Time against the Albuquerque Isotopes at Isotopes Park...The Dodgers went 7-7 in their games out west last season. The team enters tonight on an overall five-game road winning streak.
Last Game: A six-run fifth inning provided all of the Dodgers' offense as they held on for a 6-5 win against Fresno Monday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The game was scoreless through four innings, but the teams combined for nine runs in the fifth inning, with Fresno taking the game's first lead on a three-run homer by Jose Marmolejos. Three of the first four batters of the bottom of the inning reached base to load the bases for Zach Reks, who lined a two-run single into center field to cut Fresno's lead to 3-2. Two batters later with the bases full again, Shane Peterson hit a bases-clearing triple to push the Dodgers into a 5-3 advantage. Peterson later scored on a wild pitch to extend OKC's lead to 6-3. Marmolejos notched a RBI single in the seventh to cut OKC's lead to 6-4. In the ninth inning, Carter Kieboom tripled with one out and scored on a two-out wild pitch to trim the lead to one run. Two singles and a walk followed, loading the bases for Matt Reynolds. Dodgers reliever Kevin Quackenbush helped avert disaster by striking out Reynolds to end the game. Dodgers starting pitcher Brock Stewart (1-4) returned from the Injured List and earned his first win of the season, allowing three runs on five hits over 5.0 innings with two walks and six strikeouts. Fresno starting pitcher Paolo Espino (6-2) was charged with the loss. Quackenbush picked up his first save of the season.
Today's Probable Pitcher: Mitchell White (1-4) seeks his second win of the season with OKC when he makes his sixth Triple-A start...White last pitched June 6 against Sacramento in OKC, allowing six runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 3.1 innings. He was charged with the loss in OKC's 7-5 defeat...In his previous start he earned his first win since joining OKC, June 1 at Memphis. He held the Redbirds to one run on four hits over 5.2 innings with three walks and tied his career high with nine strikeouts...During his time with OKC, White has performed better than his numbers indicate, but he's fallen victim to the big inning, with three separate innings of four-plus runs over his first five starts... Between his time with OKC and Tulsa, White owns a 3.6/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio overall this season (61 K/17 BB)...In seven starts with Double-A Tulsa, White went 1-0 with a 2.10 ERA. He owned a .165 opponent's average and 0.83 WHIP, which would have paced the Texas League, but he fell short of officially qualifying among the league leaders. He held opponents scoreless in four of his seven starts while racking up 37 strikeouts over 30.0 IP...White entered the 2019 season rated as the Dodgers' No. 9 prospect by Baseball America...He was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second round (65th overall) of the 2016 MLB Draft out of Santa Clara University.
Against the Isotopes: 2019: 0-0 2018: 3-0 All-time: 104-90 At ABQ: 42-54
The Dodgers and Isotopes are meeting for their lone series of the season and at Isotopes Park for the first time since 2017...The Dodgers swept the three-game series between the teams last season in OKC, outscoring the Isotopes, 12-2. OKC outhit Albuquerque, 28-17, in the three-game set, batting .315 while holding the Isotopes to a .175 average...The 2018 series win was the first for OKC against Albuquerque since a 4-0 series sweep 2014 in OKC. Prior to 2018, Albuquerque had won the previous two season series, including a 3-1 series win at Isotopes Park in 2017...Since the teams each began new affiliations in 2015, the Isotopes own an 8-7 record against the Dodgers...OKC has won three straight games against the Isotopes for the first time since winning five in a row starting with a four-game sweep Aug. 24-27, 2014 and ending with their first meeting of 2015 on Aug. 23, 2015...Entering tonight, OKC has lost four of its last five games at Isotopes Park.
Get the Show on the Road: The Dodgers enter tonight's game having won their last five consecutive road games - May 29 at Omaha followed by a four-game series sweep at Memphis May 30-June 2, marking the team's first road series sweep since Sept. 2-5, 2016 at Omaha...During the five-game stretch of road wins, OKC outscored opponents, 44-16, and outhit them, 50-34...Fourteen of the Dodgers' 24 total wins this season have come while playing as the visiting team.
I Came in Like a Rek-ing Ball: Zach Reks continued his recent roll Monday night with a two-run single in the fifth inning, and he has now hit safely in 10 straight starts, going 14-for-40 (.350) with four home runs, four doubles and 13 RBI. He paces OKC with 11 hits, 10 RBI and four homers so far in June and is tied for the team lead with seven runs scored...Reks homered in three straight games June 7-9 during the Fresno series, becoming the first Dodger to homer in three straight games since Breyvic Valera did it May 22-24, 2018 at Memphis...Reks leads Dodgers minor leaguers with 15 total homers between OKC and Double-A Tulsa. Between 2017-18, Reks hit just seven homers total.
Dinger Details: The Dodgers were held without a homer Monday night, snapping their season-best stretch of 11 consecutive games with a home run. OKC had 19 homers during the stretch, including six multi-homer games. Nine different players accounted for the homers, including four by Zach Reks and Edwin Ríos, as well as two each by Rocky Gale, Kyle Garlick, Drew Jackson and Shane Peterson. It was the team's longest stretch of consecutive games with a homer since a 14-game streak May 13-27, 2017...The Dodgers have allowed three homers in the last eight games and they've allowed four homers through nine games in June - fewest among all Triple-A teams so far this month.
On Strike: The OKC pitching staff racked up 13 more strikeouts Monday for the team's 31st double-digit strikeout performance of the season, as well as the fourth straight, sixth in the last 10 games and seventh in the last 12 games...The Dodgers currently rank third in the PCL in with 605 strikeouts over 536.0 innings pitched, trailing Sacramento (617 K/568.1 IP) and New Orleans (614 K/561.1 IP).
Quack Attack: Appearing for a second straight game and third time in four days, Kevin Quackenbush recorded the final out Monday night to earn his first save of the season. Over his last nine outings, Quackenbush has allowed one run and six hits, with three walks and 15 strikeouts over 9.2 innings...Quackenbush leads OKC with 25 appearances this season, which is also tied for second-most in the PCL.
Rock-N-Roll: Rocky Gale struck out in his only at-bat Monday night as a pinch hitter, but he's recorded four straight multi-hit games when starting and notched five multi-hit games in his last six starts. Over his last four starts, Gale is 9-for-16 with two homers, a double, six RBI and four runs scored...Since May 30, Gale is 11-for-27 (.407) with four extra-base hits, eight RBI and six runs scored. During that time he's raised his season batting average with OKC by 88 points.
Around the Horn: Entering tonight the Dodgers have won five of their last six series openers, including three straight on the road....Monday marked the first time since May 10 the Dodgers held their opponent scoreless through the first four innings of a game (30 games)...Six of seven games on the recently completed homestand were by one or two runs, including four one-run games. The one game decided by more than two runs was a one-run game entering the ninth inning.
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