OKC Dodgers Game Notes - June 16, 2019
Oklahoma City Dodgers (28-39) vs. El Paso Chihuahuas (42-26)
Game #68 of 140/Road #38 of 70 (18-19)
Pitching Probables: OKC-LHP Rob Zastryzny (2-2, 6.32) vs. ELP-RHP Dinelson Lamet (NR, -.--)
Sunday, June 16, 2019 | Southwest University Park | El Paso, Texas | 7:05 p.m. CT
Radio: KGHM AM-1340 The Game, 1340thegame.com, iHeartRadio - Alex Freedman
Today's Game: The Oklahoma City Dodgers look to tie their longest winning streak of the season tonight at 7:05 p.m. CT against the El Paso Chihuahuas at Southwest University Park. The Dodgers have won five straight games overall, as well as a team record nine straight road games.
Last Game: The Dodgers scored six runs in the top of the first inning and piled up 11 runs and 16 hits to open their series with an 11-3 victory against El Paso Saturday night at Southwest University Park. The Dodgers opened the game with a six-run rally in the first inning and tallied seven hits within the game's first eight batters. Zach Reks smoked a two-run homer to right-center field and Cameron Perkins picked up a RBI on a fielder's choice. Later with the bases loaded, Errol Robinson hit a two-run single up the middle. A throwing error on the play allowed an additional run to score and make it 6-0. Two more runs scored in the second inning when El Paso catcher Francisco Mejia had a passed ball and a throwing error on the same play. El Paso got on the board in the bottom of the third with a RBI single by Michael Gettys, but the Dodgers got the run back when Will Smith drilled a homer to right-center field. A RBI groundout by Robinson in the fifth gave OKC a 10-1 lead. Solo home runs by Jason Vosler and Ty France in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively, cut the Dodgers' lead to 10-3. Shane Peterson added a solo home run in the seventh inning to finish the scoring. Dodgers starting pitcher Brock Stewart (2-4) turned in his longest outing of the season, lasting 5.2 innings. He allowed three runs and eight hits, with one walk and three strikeouts to earn his second consecutive win. El Paso starting pitcher Kyle McGrath (3-2) was charged with the loss and was taken out of the game after just one inning.
Today's Probable Pitcher: Rob Zastryzny (2-2) will start tonight following a 10-day stint on the Injured List...He last pitched June 4 against Sacramento in OKC with 2.0 innings of relief. He allowed one run and three hits and was credited with a hold in the team's 6-4 win...Zastryzny has not started since May 25, with each of his last two appearances out of the bullpen. The lefty picked up back-to-back wins in each of his last two starts, both against Omaha...Entering tonight, the Dodgers have won each of Zastryzny's last five starts, as well as each of the last seven games he's appeared in...Zastryzny has racked up a team-leading 59 K's this season, reaching at least nine strikeouts twice. On May 4 in New Orleans, he tied his career high with 10 K's...Zastryzny spent the first six seasons of his career in the Chicago Cubs organization and was selected by the Cubs in the second round of the 2013 MLB Draft from the University of Missouri...He played the majority of 2018 with Iowa (33 games) and made six appearances with Chicago...Zastryzny has been successful against the Chihuahuas in his career. Over three appearances (two starts) between 2016-18 while playing for Iowa, Zastryzny went 2-0 with a 2.20 ERA and held El Paso to a .204 batting average.
Against the Chihuahuas: 2019: 1-0 2018: 1-3 All-time: 13-8 At ELP: 6-3
The Dodgers return to Southwest University Park for the first time since 2017, as they meet El Paso for the lone series of the season...The Chihuahuas won the 2018 series in OKC, 3-1, as El Paso won the first three meetings before the Dodgers won the series finale. The Dodgers were held to two runs or less in each of the four games as El Paso outscored OKC, 14-7, and the Dodgers' offense was held to a .197 batting average...Prior to El Paso winning last season's series, the Dodgers had won or split the previous four season series between the teams after Tucson's franchise relocated to El Paso for the 2014 season...Dodgers catcher Rocky Gale and pitcher Kevin Quackenbush each spent parts of four seasons playing for El Paso (2014-17). Gale logged 326 career games as a Chihuahua, while Quackenbush made 53 relief appearances. Shane Peterson spent all of 2018 with the Chihuahuas, batting .286 with 11 homers, 31 doubles and 74 RBI over 126 games.
Dressed to the Nines...in Road Jerseys: The Dodgers have won a team-record nine straight road games, compiling the longest road winning streak since the team re-joined the PCL in 1998. They have also swept back-to-back road series for the first time in team history. The winning streak began May 29 at Omaha, followed by a four-game series sweep at Memphis May 30-June 2, before sweeping the recently completed three-game series at Albuquerque and winning last night's series opener in El Paso...The Dodgers have outscored their opponents, 82-32, and outhit them, 102-76. OKC is batting .318 (102x321) during the streak with 42 extra-base hits, 18 home runs and is hitting .343 (34x99) with runners in scoring position. They have scored at least five runs in each game, at least eight runs in seven games and at least 10 runs five times. The pitching staff has allowed three or fewer runs in six of the nine games, including two or fewer runs four times...OKC's two previous seven-game road win streaks occurred May 28-June 3, 2005 and April 6-16, 2014...The Dodgers have not trailed at any point in the last seven road games and have trailed for only two half-innings during the nine-game streak, both on May 30 at Memphis. Five wins have been by at least six runs.
I Came in Like a Rek-ing Ball: Zach Reks notched a fourth straight multi-hit outing last night, going 2-for-5 with his fifth homer in the last eight games and two RBI. Over his last four games, Reks is 10-for-19, and during his current nine-game hitting streak, Reks is 18-for-40 (.450) with seven multi-hit games and five homers. He has at least one RBI in eight of his last nine games (17 total) and has driven in at least two runs in six of the last seven games (15 total)...Reks has also hit safely in 14 straight starts, going 24-for-59 (.407) with six home runs, six doubles and 22 RBI...Reks leads Dodgers minor leaguers with 17 total homers and 50 total RBI between OKC and Double-A Tulsa over 60 games. Between the 2017-18 seasons, Reks hit just seven homers and tallied 52 RBI over 135 games...Since joining OKC on May 16, Reks ranks fourth in the PCL with 28 RBI, tied for fifth with 19 walks and tied for eighth with eight homers.
Dinger Details: Last night the Dodgers swatted three homers for their seventh game this season with three-plus dingers. They've gone deep at least once in 14 of the last 16 games, totaling 26 homers during that time...The Dodgers have allowed 10 homers through 13 games in June - fewest among all Triple-A teams this month. Although they have allowed six homers over the four games of the current road trip, all have been solo shots...El Paso went deep twice last night and has now cranked 150 home runs in 69 games this season, leading all of professional baseball.
Going Streaking: Cameron Perkins picked up a hit last night to extend his hitting streak to a season-high seven games (9x26, HR, 2B, 7 R, 2 RBI). He is tied with Edwin Ríos for a team-leading 55 hits overall this season, including a team-leading 17 doubles...Errol Robinson extended his season-best hitting streak to seven games last night (7x27, HR, 2 2B, 4 R) and also tied his season high with three RBI...Jake Peter did not play last night, but is on a season-best six-game hitting streak (7x20, 3 2B, 6 R, 3 RBI).
Around the Horn: Will Smith has homered in each of his last three games. Since his return to OKC after his first career Major League action, Smith is 7-for-24 with seven RBI in seven games...Shane Peterson went 4-for-5 last night, notching his first four-hit game since May 27, 2016 with Colorado Springs at Fresno. He also scored three runs in one game for the first time since that same contest. Peterson played all of last season with the Chihuahuas and slashed .341/.390/.552 in games at Southwest University Park...The Dodgers bullpen has posted a 2.35 ERA over 13 games this month, with 69 strikeouts and no home runs allowed over 57.1 IP...Rocky Gale did not play last night, but has recorded a multi-hit outing in five straight starts, going 11-for-20 with four extra-base hits, including two home runs, seven RBI and four runs scored.
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