OKC Dodgers Game Notes - June 13, 2019
Oklahoma City Dodgers (25-39) vs. Albuquerque Isotopes (30-36)
Game #65 of 140/Road #35 of 70 (15-19)
Pitching Probables: OKC-RHP Dennis Santana (1-4, 6.30) vs. ABQ-RHP Ryan Castellani (2-4, 7.14)
Thursday, June 13, 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 look to build on their recent road success as they continue their series against the Albuquerque Isotopes at 7:35 p.m. at Isotopes Park...The Dodgers enter tonight on a six-game road winning streak and have also won back-to-back games overall.
Last Game: Zach Reks hit the team's first grand slam of the season as the Dodgers jumped out to an early 6-0 lead and eventually put up a dozen runs during a 12-9 victory at Isotopes Park Wednesday night. Will Smith gave the Dodgers the first lead of the night when he slammed a booming home run toward left field and out of the stadium in the first inning. With the bases loaded and two outs in the second inning, Reks hit a high-arching fly ball out to left field to push the lead to 5-0, as he notched the team's first grand slam of the season. Angelo Mora added a two-out RBI single in the third inning. The Isotopes scored twice in the bottom of the third, cutting the OKC lead to 6-2. Each team scored one run in the fourth, with Reks hitting a RBI double off the 428-foot marker in center field. Yonathan Daza led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a solo homer, and Sam Hilliard added another with two outs, whittling the Dodgers' lead to two runs. After the bases were empty with two outs in the sixth, the Dodgers drew three straight walks to load the bases for Edwin Ríos, who hit a two-run single. Two batters later with the bases loaded again, Mora hit a line drive to right field to clear the bases and give the Dodgers a 12-5 lead. The Isotopes scored twice in the sixth on a two-out throwing error by shortstop Errol Robinson, pulling within 12-7. OKC still led by five runs entering the bottom of the ninth. A RBI triple by Hilliard and a RBI single by Brian Mundell cut the lead to 12-9. The Isotopes had the bases loaded with one out, but Dodgers reliever Josh Sborz struck out Drew Butera and coaxed a fly out by pinch hitter Noel Cuevas to end the game. OKC starting pitcher Mitchell White picked up the win. Over five innings, White (2-4) allowed five runs and seven hits, with three walks and three strikeouts. Freeland (0-2) took the loss after allowing nine runs and eight hits over 5.2 innings.
Today's Probable Pitcher: Dennis Santana (1-4) makes his team-leading 10th start of the season tonight for the Dodgers...He looks to rebound after allowing a season-high and career-high-tying eight runs and seven hits over 3.2 innings June 7 vs. Fresno (ND)...In his prior start, Santana picked up his first win of 2019 June 2 at Memphis, allowing two runs and five hits over a season-high 6.0 innings, with one walk and four strikeouts...Santana has held opponents to two earned runs or less in four of his first nine starts with OKC this season...He enters today with 49 strikeouts over 40.0 IP, equating an average of 11.0 strikeouts per nine innings...Santana started the season with OKC, but was recalled April 7 by Los Angeles. He made three appearances out of the LAD bullpen and allowed a total of four runs and six hits over 5.0 IP with four walks and six K's. He was optioned back to OKC April 14...Santana began the 2018 season with Double-A Tulsa before making his first career start with OKC May 19, 2018 and his Major League debut on June 1. However, a right rotator cuff strain sent him to the 60-day Disabled List June 9...Santana entered 2019 ranked as the Dodgers' No. 7 prospect, according to Baseball America...He originally signed as a shortstop as an international free agent in March 2013 at the age of 16 out of the Dominican Republic and converted to pitching in 2014.
Against the Isotopes: 2019: 1-0 2018: 3-0 All-time: 105-90 At ABQ: 43-54
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 series is tied, 8-8...OKC has won four 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.
Gloria!: The Dodgers enter tonight's game having won their last six consecutive road games - last night's series opener, preceded by a four-game series sweep at Memphis May 30-June 2 and a win May 29 at Omaha. It's the team's longest winning streak in true road games since also winning six straight away from OKC Aug. 22-Sept. 5, 2016. A win tonight would match the team record since joining the PCL in 1998, accomplished twice previously and most recently April 6-16, 2014...During the six-game stretch of road wins, OKC has outscored opponents, 56-25, and outhit them, 61-48...Fifteen of the Dodgers' 25 total wins this season have come while playing as the visiting team.
You're Always on the Run Now: Zach Reks hit his first career grand slam and the Dodgers' first grand slam of the season last night in the second inning, then later added a RBI double in the fourth inning to finish the night with five RBI. The RBI total tied his career high, set earlier this season May 7 with Double-A Tulsa against Corpus Christi...Reks has now hit safely in 11 straight starts, going 16-for-44 (.364) with five home runs, five doubles and 18 RBI...Reks has gone deep in four of the last five games, which included a run of homers in three straight games June 7-9 against Fresno...Reks leads Dodgers minor leaguers with 16 total homers between OKC and Double-A Tulsa. Over the 2017-18 seasons, Reks hit just seven homers total.
Running After Somebody: Zach Reks and Will Smith both homered last night as the Dodgers have gone deep in 12 of the last 13 games, totaling 21 dingers. Ten different players have accounted for the homers, including five by Reks and four by Edwin Ríos... Each of the previous eight home runs leading up to Reks' grand slam were solo shots...The Dodgers allowed three homers last night, but have allowed just seven total homers through 10 games in June - still the fewest among all Triple-A teams this month.
You Gotta Get Him Somehow: Last night the Dodgers went 3-for-3 with the bases loaded and collected nine of their 12 runs. Going back to Monday against Fresno, the team is now 5-for-the-last-6 with the bases full, tallying 14 RBI...Entering Monday's game, the team was batting just .196 (11x56) with the bases loaded...Zach Reks' grand slam was the team's first since Kyle Garlick hit one on July 15, 2018 at Round Rock.
I Think You've Got to Slow Down: The OKC pitching staff racked up eight strikeouts Wednesday, snapping a streak of four straight double-digit strikeout games. The team has 31 double-digit strikeout performance this season, including in six of the last 11 games and seven in the last 13 games...The Dodgers currently rank third in the PCL in with 613 strikeouts over 545.0 innings pitched, trailing New Orleans (627 K/569.1 IP) and Sacramento (623 K/577.1 IP).
How's it Gonna Go Down?: Angelo Mora finished Wednesday's game with a team-leading three hits and set a season high with four RBI - his highest RBI total since also driving in four runs April 8, 2018 with Double-A Tulsa at Midland...The Dodgers have scored at least six runs in each of their last eight wins...The Dodgers bullpen has posted a 2.60 ERA over 10 games this month, with 55 strikeouts and no home runs allowed over 45.0 IP...Over his last four starts, Rocky Gale is 9-for-16 with two homers, a double, six RBI and four runs scored...The Dodgers are just 1-6 when attempting to go 2-0 in a series and are 4-12 in Game 2 of a series overall, with losses in seven of the last eight.
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