OKC Dodgers Game Notes - June 9, 2019
Fresno Grizzlies (31-31) vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers (23-38)
Game #62 of 140/Home #29 of 70 (9-19)
Pitching Probables: FRE-RHP Kevin McGowan (1-1, 3.45) vs. OKC-RHP Tony Gonsolin (1-1, 1.93)
Sunday, June 9, 2019 | Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark | Oklahoma City, Okla. | 6:05 p.m. CT
Radio: KGHM AM-1340 The Game, 1340thegame.com, iHeartRadio - Alex Freedman
Today's Game: The OKC Dodgers and Fresno Grizzlies continue their lone series of the season at 6:05 p.m. on a Chaparral Energy Family Sunday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The Dodgers have lost four straight games following a season-best six-game winning streak. A loss today would equal OKC's longest losing skid of the season (April 17-21), also at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Last Game: Three straight Dodgers errors followed by a wild pitch in the top of the ninth inning allowed Fresno to score four unearned runs on the way to a 9-4 win Saturday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The Dodgers trailed by just one run entering the ninth before the Grizzlies took advantage of OKC's miscues. With two runners on and one out, OKC committed an error on three consecutive plays, plating three runs. A wild pitch by Dodger reliever Luis Vasquez allowed another run to score, as Fresno extended its lead to 9-4. The Grizzlies also took the game's first lead in the third inning when Taylor Gushue led off with a solo homer. Zach Reks tied the game in the bottom of the inning, connecting on a solo homer out to right-center field. Edwin Ríos followed with a double and scored on a RBI single by Will Smith to put the Dodgers in front, 2-1. A two-out RBI single by Yadiel Hernandez in the fifth tied the game, 2-2. Fresno went back in front in the sixth on a RBI double by Gushue. Brandon Snyder's two-run single in the seventh pushed Fresno's lead to 5-2. Jake Peter hit a RBI double in the seventh and later scored on a sac fly by Reks to make it a one-run game. Fresno starting pitcher Logan Ondrusek (2-1) held the Dodgers to two runs and eight hits over 5.1 innings in the win. Dodgers starting pitcher Justin DeFratus (1-3) was charged with the loss, allowing three runs and seven hits over 6.0 innings.
Today's Probable Pitcher: Tony Gonsolin (1-1) makes his sixth start of the season with the Dodgers and fourth since returning to game action after a stint on the Injured List...He last pitched 2.1 innings June 4 against Sacramento in OKC, allowing two unearned runs and three hits with one walk and two strikeouts. He threw 44 pitches, including 29 strikes for his highest pitch count since mid-April...Gonsolin missed more than five weeks of action after going to the IL April 17 (retroactive to April 15) due to a side strain and has slowly built up his workload since his return. He's only pitched 5.0 innings over three games, with no earned runs allowed to go along with four hits, four walks and four strikeouts...In 14.0 total innings this season, Gonsolin has allowed three earned runs and nine hits with 16 K's, with opponents batting just .173...Gonsolin entered the season ranked as the Dodgers' eighth overall prospect by Baseball America after being named the 2018 Dodgers' Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Between High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa, he made 26 starts and led Dodgers minor league pitchers in ERA (2.60), wins (10) and strikeouts (155)...Gonsolin was selected by the Dodgers in the ninth round of the 2016 MLB Draft out of St. Mary's College.
Against the Grizzlies: 2019: 0-2 2018: 2-2 All-time: 60-43 At OKC: 32-19
The Dodgers and Grizzlies are meeting for their lone series of the season...Fresno is in its first season as the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals after serving as a Houston Astros affiliate from 2015-18 and the San Francisco Giants from 1998-2014...The teams split their four-game series in Fresno last season with the Dodgers winning the finale, 5-4, in 10 innings...Alex Verdugo had eight hits for the Dodgers in the four-game set, including two doubles, while Angelo Mora racked up six RBI and six hits, including a homer, triple and double...The teams have split their last two series in OKC in 2017 and 2015...OKC owns a 12-2-7 all-time series record against Fresno...Entering tonight, the Grizzlies have won 11 of the last 15 and 12 of the last 17 meetings between the teams, including a 5-2 mark over the last seven games in Bricktown.
Dinger Details: The Dodgers have homered in a season-best 10 straight games and have hit 17 homers during the stretch, including five multi-homer games. Eight different players have accounted for the homers, including four by Edwin Ríos, three by Zach Reks, as well as two each by Rocky Gale, Kyle Garlick, Drew Jackson and Shane Peterson...OKC last homered in 10 straight games as part of a 14-game stretch May 13-27, 2017...Each of the team's last five homers have been solo shots, after eight of the previous 11 dingers were hit with at least one runner on.
Steady Eddie: Edwin Ríos finished last night a game-best 4-for-5 at the plate, including two doubles, notching his sixth career game with four or more hits. His previous four-hit game was also at the expense of Fresno on June 10, 2018 at Chukchansi Park...Ríos has now hit safely in a season-best 10 straight games for his longest hitting streak since a 16-game hitting streak in 2016 with High-A Rancho Cucamonga. He is 15-for-39 (.385) with four homers, five doubles, 11 RBI and eight runs scored during the stretch.
I Came in Like a Rek-ing Ball: Zach Reks has homered in each the last two games, marking the second time in 22 games with OKC he's gone deep on back-to-back nights...Reks has hit safely in eight straight starts, going 12-for-33 (.364) with three home runs, four doubles and nine RBI...He's taken a shine to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, batting .333 (13x39) with four homers and nine RBI over his first 10 games in OKC...Reks now leads Dodgers minor leaguers with 14 total homers between OKC and Double-A Tulsa. Between 2017-18, Reks hit just seven homers total.
Home-Less: With last night's loss, the Dodgers fell to 9-19 at home this season, including a 6-16 mark over the last 22 games at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The nine home victories are tied with five other teams for the fewest in all of the Minors. The team has an overall -62 run differential at home and -58 over the last 22 games...Last night marked the 14th time in the last 23 home games OKC allowed seven or more runs, the 19th time in 23 home games the opponent scored at least five runs and the 18th time an opponent recorded an inning of four or more runs...The team's current 6.44 ERA at home is third-highest in the Minors, ahead of Albuquerque (6.59) and Reno (7.33), which both play in hitter-friendly environments at high elevation...Last season the Dodgers didn't lose their 19th home game until July 19 (30-19).
Getting Offensive: Last night marked just the second time in the last 10 games the Dodgers scored fewer than five runs in a game, although the team's 14 hits was its highest total over those 10 games. The Dodgers scored four runs Saturday and have tallied 68 runs over the 10-game stretch...OKC racked up 14 hits last night for their third straight game with 10-plus hits and sixth in the last 10 games. The 14-hit mark Saturday was the fifth time this season OKC racked up 14 or more hits in a game...OKC was held 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position last night, but is 33-for-103 (.320) with RISP over the last 10 games combined.
Around the Horn: The Dodgers committed a season-high four errors last night, including three in the ninth inning, for their highest error total since April 16, 2018 against New Orleans (five). OKC last committed three errors in an inning July 16, 2018 in the fourth inning of a 5-1 loss to New Orleans. Entering last night, OKC had committed just one error over the previous nine games...This is the sixth time this season the Dodgers have started a series in a 0-2 hole. In four of the five previous instances they ended up losing Game 3 as well...Rocky Gale has recorded three straight multi-hit games, going 7-for-12 with two homers, a double, six RBI and four runs scored, and over his last five games, Gale is 9-for-22 with four extra-base hits, eight RBI and six runs scored...Drew Jackson has now hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, batting .385 (15x39) with five multi-hit outings, six extra-base hits, four RBI and 10 runs scored.
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