OKC Dodgers Game Notes - June 17, 2019
Oklahoma City Dodgers (28-40) vs. El Paso Chihuahuas (43-26)
Game #69 of 140/Road #39 of 70 (18-20)
Pitching Probables: OKC-RHP Mitchell White (2-4, 7.71) vs. ELP-LHP Logan Allen (4-3, 5.15)
Monday, June 17, 2019 | Southwest University Park | El Paso, Texas | 8:05 p.m. CT
Radio: KGHM AM-1340 The Game, 1340thegame.com, iHeartRadio - Alex Freedman
Today's Game: The Oklahoma City Dodgers try to gain the edge in their four-game road series against the El Paso Chihuahuas when the teams continue their series at 8:05 p.m. at Southwest University Park. The series is tied, 1-1, after the Dodgers' five-game winning streak was snapped last night, along with their team-record, nine-game road winning streak.
Last Game: The Dodgers scored seven runs and hit three home runs, but El Paso's offense was too much handle, sending OKC to a 10-7 loss Sunday night at Southwest University Park. For the third time in five games, Will Smith homered in the first inning to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. But the Chihuahuas answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning, including a go-ahead two-run homer by Luis UrÃ-as. Each team scored twice in the third inning. Zach Reks hit a two-run homer to even the score at 3-3. Again, El Paso went back in front in its next at-bat, with Jose Pirela dialing up a two-run homer. UrÃ-as added a RBI single in the fourth, and each team scored a run on a wild pitch in the fifth, putting El Paso ahead 7-4. Edwin RÃ-os lined a home run to right-center field in the sixth inning. The Dodgers then rallied for two more runs in the seventh to tie things up again. Following singles by Blake Gailen and Errol Robinson, Angelo Mora lined a two-run single to make it 7-7. In the bottom half of the inning, Seth Mejias-Brean broke the tie with a RBI single. Later in the inning, Ty France drew a bases-loaded walk, and Pirela notched a sac fly. El Paso reliever and former LA Dodger Paco Rodriguez (2-1) retired eight of the 10 batters he faced to finish the game and earn the win. OKC reliever Justin Grimm (3-4) was charged with all three runs in the seventh inning and took the loss.
Today's Probable Pitcher: Mitchell White (2-4) tries for his third win of the season and third in four games when he takes the mound in El Paso...White last started June 12 at Albuquerque, allowing five runs and seven hits over 5.0 innings, including three homers. He issued three walks and had three strikeouts and was credited with the win in OKC's 12-9 victory. It marked the first time in 65 career games he allowed three home runs in the same outing...Since joining OKC in late May, White has had some ups and downs. In his first two starts, he allowed 12 runs, but just two runs over his next two starts, and now has allowed 11 runs over his last two outings...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 Chihuahuas: 2019: 1-1 2018: 1-3 All-time: 13-9 At ELP: 6-4 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.
Taking a Detour: The Dodgers' team record of nine straight road wins came to an end last night. The road winning streak was the team's longest since OKC re-joined the PCL in 1998 and included back-to-back road series sweeps for the first time in team history. The winning streak began May 29 at Omaha, featured sweeps in Memphis and Albuquerque, and included the series opener in El Paso Saturday...During the streak, the Dodgers outscored their opponents, 82-32, and outhit them, 102-76. OKC batted .318 (102x321) with 42 extra-base hits, 18 home runs and hit .343 (34x99) with runners in scoring position. They 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 allowed three or fewer runs in six of the nine games.
I Came in Like a Rek-ing Ball: Zach Reks homered for the second straight game last night and the sixth time in the last nine games. During his 10-game hitting streak, Reks is 19-for-44 (.432) with seven multi-hit games and six homers. He has at least one RBI in nine of his last 10 games (19 total) and has driven in at least two runs in seven of the last eight games (17 total)...Reks has also hit safely in 15 straight starts, going 25-for-63 (.397) with seven home runs, six doubles and 24 RBI...Reks leads Dodgers minor leaguers with 18 total homers and 52 total RBI between OKC and Double-A Tulsa over 61 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 30 RBI, tied for fifth with 19 walks and tied for sixth with nine homers.
Dinger Details: The Dodgers have hit three homers in consecutive games for the first time this season, also marking the team's second-highest two-game total this year (7; May 4-5 at New Orleans). Last night was eighth time this season they've recorded three or more dingers in a game...OKC has gone deep at least once in 15 of the last 17 games, totaling 29 homers during that time, and has six multi-homer games in the last nine contests...After allowing just eight homers through the first 12 games in June, the Dodgers have allowed four homers over the first two games of the current series, marking the first time they've allowed multiple homers in consecutive games since May 22-23 at New Orleans...El Paso went deep twice last night and has now cranked 152 home runs in 69 games this season, leading all of professional baseball.
Nod Ya Head: Will Smith has homered in each of his last four games, accomplishing the feat for the third time in his career. Smith homered in four straight games twice with Double-A Tulsa last season: July 7-11 and June 20-23...Since his return to OKC after his first career Major League action, Smith is 8-for-28 with eight RBI in eight games. He is now tied with Kyle Garlick for the OKC team lead with 12 homers so far this season.
Going Streaking: Cameron Perkins entered last night's game as a pinch hitter and tripled in his lone at-bat to extend his season-best hitting streak to eight games (10x27, HR, 3B, 2B, 7 R, 2 RBI). He is tied with Edwin RÃ-os for a team-leading 56 hits overall this season, including a team-leading 17 doubles...Errol Robinson also extended his season-best hitting streak to eight games last night (8x31, HR, 2 2B, 5 R).
Around the Horn: The Dodgers' pitching staff notched 11 more strikeouts last night for the 33rd double-digit strikeout game of the season. They currently rank third in PCL with 650 K's in 580.0 innings...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...The Dodgers have avoided consecutive losses just four times this season and haven't done it since May 19-20 vs. Omaha...This is the fastest the team has reached 40 losses in a season since joining the PCL in 1998, surpassing the 2011 club by one game.
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