OKC Dodgers

Oklahoma City Dodgers (53-40) vs. Tacoma Rainiers (53-40)
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Seattle Mariners
Game #94 of 144/Road #47 of 72 (28-18)
Pitching Probables: OKC-RHP Trevor Oaks (2-0, 4.05) vs. REN-RHP Zach Lee (7-7, 5.44)
Monday, July 18, 2016 | Cheney Stadium | Tacoma, Wash. | 9:05 p.m. CT
Radio: KGHM AM-1340 The Game, 1340thegame.com, iHeartRadio – Alex Freedman

Today’s Game: The Oklahoma City Dodgers continue their West Coast road trip and open a four-game series against the Tacoma Rainiers at 9:05 p.m. Central time at Cheney Stadium. The Dodgers will look to avoid losing three straight games for the first time since June 3.

Last Game: Reno jumped out to a four-run lead through three innings on the way to a 6-2 win over the Dodgers Sunday night at Greater Nevada Field. Mitch Haniger gave the Aces a quick 1-0 lead with a RBI triple in the first inning. Reno had none on and two out in the second inning before Dan Rohlfing doubled and pitcher Anthony Banda singled up the middle to score Rohlfing and make it 2-0. In the third, Haniger connected on a two-run homer off the batter’s eye to make it 4-0. The Dodgers cut the deficit in half in the fourth inning. Austin Barnes hit a RBI triple, and O’Koyea Dickson delivered a two-out RBI single. With runners at first and second in the sixth inning, Reno’s Ildemaro Vargas sent a grounder toward the middle. Brandon Hicks fielded the ball and stepped on second base for a force out, but his throw to first base trying to complete the double play was wide. As a result of the throwing error, Kyle Jensen scored and put Reno ahead, 5-2. The Aces finished the scoring in the bottom of the eighth. Peter O’Brien led off with a triple and later scored on a RBI single by Vargas to make it 6-2. Banda (1-2) allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings. The lefty walked one and struck out five. Jharel Cotton (7-5) ended up with the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) and five hits. He issued three walks with nine strikeouts.

Today’s Probable Pitcher: Trevor Oaks (2-0) is scheduled to make his fourth Triple-A start today, trying for a third straight win…Oaks pitched for the Dodgers in the last game before the All-Star Break July 10 against Omaha in Bricktown. He allowed three runs (two earned) and five hits over 6.0 innings in his second win with OKC. He issued his first walk with the Dodgers and struck out six…After a bit of a bumpy Triple-A debut June 27, Oaks has allowed three earned runs and 12 hits over 14.0 innings in his last two starts, going 2-0. Since joining OKC, Oaks has 17 strikeouts against just one walk over 20.0 IP. He did not issue a free pass for his first 19.2 IP in a Dodgers uniform…Across three levels of the Dodgers system this season, Oaks is 11-2 with a 2.83 ERA over 17 starts. He leads the organization in wins and innings (108.0), and ranks fourth in ERA among full season minor leaguers…He is just one five pitchers in the Minors with at least 11 wins, and tonight he’ll seek to become just the second to 12 wins….Before joining OKC, Oaks made 10 starts for Double-A Tulsa, going 8-1 with a 2.14 ERA. At the time of his promotion, he led the Texas League in wins and ERA, while also ranking third with a 1.03 WHIP…He started the season with High-A Rancho Cucamonga and made four starts (1-1, 3.60 ERA)…Oaks was selected by the Dodgers in the seventh round of the 2014 draft from California Baptist University.

Against the Rainiers: 2016: 0-0 2015: 2-2 All-time: 42-45 In TAC: 15-28
The Dodgers and Rainiers are meeting for their lone series of the season…Oklahoma City is making its first trip to Tacoma since June 21-24, 2014, when the Rainiers swept the four-game series. OKC’s four losses were by a total of five runs, as each of the first three games stretched into extra innings…The teams split their 2015 series, 2-2, at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The teams combined for just 20 runs in the series, with OKC outscoring the Rainiers, 13-7. The Dodgers held Tacoma to a .164 batting average…Ten of the last 11 meetings have been decided by one or two runs, with seven by one run…Cheney Stadium has not been kind to OKC of late, as the team has dropped seven of the last eight games in Tacoma, including the last six straight. During the losing skid, OKC has held a lead in the seventh inning or later three times, and the Rainiers have collected four walk-off wins.

Fork in the Road: The Dodgers are tied for the most road wins in the PCL (28) and have the league’s second-best road record at 28-18, but the team has struggled when playing out west. Against Pacific Conference opponents, the Dodgers are just 3-9 and have posted a 5.50 ERA (63 ER/103.0 IP) with a .289 batting average against (119×412). Against American Conference opponents, the Dodgers are 25-9 on the road with a 3.08 ERA (105 ER/306.2 IP) and .236 batting average against (266×1128)…The Dodgers have lost consecutive road games for the first time since May 27.

Thems the Breaks: The Dodgers entered the All-Star Break batting a league-leading .323 in July with 63 runs through their first 10 games of the month. They also had scored at least five runs in 14 of their 18 games leading into the break. However, over the previous four-game series in Reno immediately following the All-Star Break, OKC batted .268 (37×138) and scored 16 runs total. They Dodgers were held to just two runs in two of the games and failed to score more than three runs in three of the games, which all resulted in losses.

Austin’s Powers: Austin Barnes went 2-for-4 yesterday with two extra-base hits. In each of his last three games, Barnes has notched a multi-hit game and collected at least one RBI (7×13, 4 RBI)…Barnes is currently on a five-game hitting streak, going 9-for-20 (.450) with four RBI and five runs scored.

Kings of K’s: The Dodgers pitching staff racked up 15 more strikeouts last night, marking the second time in the last three games they notched 15 K’s, as well as the sixth time overall this season they struck out at least 15 batters in one game. Over the four-game series in Reno, the Dodgers accumulated 50 strikeouts…The Dodgers lead the PCL with 859 strikeouts this season — 67 ahead of the next closest team (Fresno). They also rank second overall in the Minors and are just one behind the Low-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, who have played one more game…The Dodgers are on pace to record 1,330 strikeouts this season, which would blow past the team’s single-season record of 1,114 set last year. The PCL record during the modern era is 1,236, set by the Nashville Sounds in 2014…The Dodgers have struck out at least 10 batters in 44 of their 93 games.

Joc Jams: Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson went 5-for-8 with four walks and a run scored during his three-game ML Rehab Assignment with OKC in Reno. Pederson is recovering from a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder that he injured while making a catch June 28. He is expected to be activated off the Disabled List tomorrow when the Dodgers resume play against the Washington Nationals.

We Know That Guy!: Tonight the Dodgers will square off against Zach Lee for the first time since he was traded July 19 to Seattle. Lee made 32 starts for OKC between the last two seasons, going 18-11 with a 3.56 ERA. He was the Opening Night starter for OKC this season and is one of just nine pitchers to notch at least 18 career wins during the team’s PCL era (since 1998).

UPCOMING SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS (ALL TIMES CENTRAL)

DATE TIME OPPONENT OKC PITCHERS OPP. PITCHER
Tuesday, July 19 9:05 p.m. at Tacoma RHP Brock Stewart (3-0, 2.93) RHP Jordan Pries (2-1, 3.86)
Wednesday, July 20 9:05 p.m. at Tacoma RHP Jose De Leon (2-0, 3.06) RHP Cody Martin (8-5, 3.63)
Thursday, July 21 9:05 p.m. at Tacoma RHP Ross Stripling (0-2, 3.78) RHP Jarrett Grube (1-1, 4.62)
Friday, July 22 7:05 p.m. New Orleans RHP Jharel Cotton (7-5, 4.85) TBA

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