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OKC Dodges Game Notes - August 24, 2019

August 24, 2019 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Oklahoma City Dodgers News Release

Oklahoma City Dodgers (59-70) vs. San Antonio Missions (76-54)

Game #130 of 139/Road #69 of 70 (32-36)

Pitching Probables: OKC-RHP Justin DeFratus (2-4, 6.64) vs. SA-RHP Trey Supak (1-1, 9.82)

Saturday, August 24, 2019 | Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium | San Antonio, Texas | 7:05 p.m. CT

Radio: KGHM AM-1340 The Game, 1340thegame.com, iHeartRadio - Alex Freedman

Today's Game: The Oklahoma City Dodgers try to snap a four-game losing skid when they continue their final road series of the season against the San Antonio Missions at 7:05 p.m. at Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium. A loss tonight would match OKC's longest losing streak of the season at five games, previously set April 17-21 and June 5-9. The Dodgers have lost seven of their last eight games, as well as nine of their last 12 games.

Last Game: The Dodgers were held scoreless through eight innings and San Antonio rode an early lead to a 4-2 win Friday night at Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium. The Missions took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a RBI single by Nate Orf. In the next inning, the Missions had the bases empty with two outs, but Corey Ray doubled and Tyler Austin followed with a two-run homer to make it 3-0. The Dodgers loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth inning, but José Lobatón struck out to end the inning. That began a stretch in which the San Antonio pitching staff retired 10 of 11 OKC batters, with six via strikeout. A two-out RBI single by Troy Stokes Jr. in the sixth inning pushed San Antonio's lead to 4-0. The Dodgers avoided the shutout in the ninth inning. DJ Peters drew a leadoff walk and Zach Reks followed with the team's only extra-base hit of the night, hitting a double to right field. Lobatón hit a sacrifice fly to deep right field and Reks eventually scored on a passed ball, but the Dodgers never brought the tying run to the plate. San Antonio starting pitcher Aaron Wilkerson quieted the Dodgers through five innings to earn the win. Wilkerson (8-2) gave up a pair of singles with two walks and five strikeouts. OKC starting pitcher Daniel Corcino (8-7) was tagged with a third straight losing decision after giving up three runs and five hits over five innings. He issued three walks and set a season high with nine strikeouts.

Today's Probable Pitcher: Justin DeFratus (2-4) seeks back-to-back wins when he returns to the mound for OKC tonight...He most recently started Aug. 18 for OKC in Round Rock, allowing four runs (three earned) and seven hits over 5.2 innings with two walks and six strikeouts and earned the win in the Dodgers' 14-11 victory. He allowed just one run and five hits through his first five frames...Prior to rejoining OKC on Aug. 11, DeFratus' 10 previous appearances came with Double-A Tulsa. In a combined 22 appearances (19 starts) between OKC and Tulsa, DeFratus is 8-12 with a 5.48 ERA over 129.2 IP and 34 walks against 90 strikeouts. He's lasted at least 6.0 innings in 15 games and at least 7.0 innings six times...DeFratus split 2018 between OKC and Tulsa as well. Over 12 starts with the Dodgers, he went 3-4 with a 5.27 ERA, 44 strikeouts and 17 walks in 68.1 innings. He was named PCL Pitcher of Week for May 7-13 after his second career complete game and first career shutout May 11 against Memphis...He signed with the Dodgers as a free agent Feb. 17, 2018 and re-signed with the club this past offseason...DeFratus made his MLB debut Sept. 18, 2011 with Philadelphia and was originally drafted by the Phillies in the 11th round of the 2007 MLB Draft from Ventura (Calif.) College...DeFratus' only other meeting with San Antonio was during first start of the season April 8 in OKC. He pitched 6.0 innings, allowing three runs on six hits. He did not issue a walk and recorded six K's during a no decision as OKC won, 5-4. Tonight will be his first career game at Wolff Stadium.

Against the Missions: 2019: 6-8 2018: N/A All-time: 6-8 At SA: 1-5

This marks the fourth and final series of the season between OKC and San Antonio and second series between the teams at Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium...San Antonio is in second place in the American Southern Division standings, trailing division leader Round Rock by 1.5 games...Prior to last night's loss, OKC had won four straight against the Missions and swept a three-game series between the teams at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark July 19-21. The three-game set was high-scoring affair, with an aggregate score of 32-19...The teams last played in San Antonio April 25-28 with the Missions winning the first four games before OKC won the series finale to avoid a sweep...San Antonio joined the league for 2019 as the Milwaukee Brewers' Triple-A affiliate following the relocation of the Colorado Springs franchise. The Missions previously played in the Double-A Texas League from 1968-2018...The Dodgers have struggled to produce at plate during their six games in the Alamo City. They're batting just .182 (32x176) with a total of 12 runs and two homers. They've been held to three or fewer runs in five of their six games at The Wolff.

Zach Attack: Zach McKinstry was held 0-for-4 last night, snapping his eight-game hitting streak and marking just the second time in his first 17 games with OKC that he was held without a hit. During his eight-game streak, McKinstry went 13-for-27 and in his first 17 games overall with OKC, he is 27-for-60 (.450) with six doubles, a triple, seven homers, 25 RBI and 14 runs. He's tallied eight multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI games, including four games with three or more RBI...Going back to July 25 with Double-A Tulsa, McKinstry has hit safely in 21 of his last 24 games, batting .464 (39x84) with a .526 OBP, .786 SLG and 26 RBI...Since joining OKC Aug. 4, McKinstry paces the PCL in OPS (1.372), ranks second in AVG (.448), tied for second in SLG (.897) and tied for third in RBI (22). (*His stats from the first game on Aug. 20 - during which he went 1-for-2 with a three-run homer and walk - are officially recorded as occurring on May 10, thus the disparity in his total stats with OKC and his stats since Aug. 4.)

Simply De-Lux: Gavin Lux singled in the eighth inning Friday as he has reached base safely in 42 of his first 43 Triple-A games, hitting safely in 38 of the 43 games...Since joining OKC June 27, Lux is slashing .407/.495/.751/1.247. He has 72 hits, 21 multi-hit games, 33 XBH, 38 RBI and 50 runs scored. During that time, Lux's OBP ranks tied for first among all players in the domestic Minors or Majors, while his AVG and hits are second, his OPS is third, SLG is fourth, runs are tied for fourth and his extra-base hits and 133 total bases are sixth...He was named PCL Player of the Month for July, becoming the first OKC player to receive a PCL monthly honor since MLBAM began tracking the awards in 2010...Between OKC and Tulsa, Lux is batting .351 and his 153 total hits are tied for fourth in the domestic Minors.

Kings of K's: OKC's pitching staff recorded 14 more strikeouts last night and now paces the PCL with 1,203 strikeouts after recording the team's 58th double-digit strikeout game of the season. The Dodgers have notched 25 more strikeouts than second-place San Antonio despite throwing 31.1 fewer innings...The Dodgers are on pace for 1,296 K's this season, which would surpass the team record of 1,277 set in 2017...Last night the teams combined for 29 strikeouts with more likely on the way. Not only do the Dodgers and Missions' pitching staffs own the two highest strikeout totals in the PCL, but the offenses also both rank among top three highest strikeout totals in the league.

Dinger Details: The Dodgers were held without a home run last night for the fifth time in nine games and have hit a total of three homers over the last four games combined...After slugging 62 homers over 27 games in July, the Dodgers have only hit 29 homers over 20 games in August. OKC's 91 homers since July 1 are tied for the third-most in all of professional baseball, trailing only Las Vegas (116) and the New York Yankees (99) and are tied with the Minnesota Twins (91)...However, the 48 home runs allowed by the Dodgers in August are the most among all teams in the Minors. The team has allowed at least one homer in nine straight games (22 HR) and in 12 of the last 13 games (30 HR). Opponents have gone deep at least twice in five of the last seven games and nine of the last 13...The nine straight games with a homer allowed is tied for the team's longest streak of 2019 (July 18-27).

Around the Horn: Friday's loss was the Dodgers' 70th of the season, ensuring OKC will have a losing record for the first time since 2011. Entering this season, OKC was the only team among the 120 full-season minor league teams with seven straight winning campaigns...The Dodgers are 2-8 over their last 10 road games after going 21-9 over the previous 30 road contests...Since moving to the bullpen earlier this month, Dennis Santana has allowed two earned runs and three hits over 8.0 IP with 12 strikeouts...OKC has been held to a total of four runs over the last 20 innings and they did not collect a hit with a runner in scoring position Friday for the second straight game. Going back to Tuesday, the team is 0-for-the-last-17 and 1-for-the-last-24 with RISP...Friday marked the eighth straight game in which the Dodgers were outhit by their opponent.


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