Today’s Game: The Oklahoma City Dodgers

Tacoma Rainiers (55-54) vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers (57-50)
Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Game #108 of 141/Home #58 of 70 (30-27)
Pitching Probables: TAC-RHP Andrew Moore (3-1, 3.06) vs. OKC-RHP Wilmer Font (8-5, 3.61)
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 | Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark | Oklahoma City, Okla. | 7:05 p.m. CT
Radio: KGHM AM-1340 The Game, 1340thegame.com, iHeartRadio – Alex Freedman

Today’s Game: The Oklahoma City Dodgers wrap up their four-game series against the Tacoma Rainiers at 7:05 p.m. at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, as well as finish an eight-game homestand. Tacoma leads the set, 2-1, and OKC is 3-4 on the current homestand.

Last Game: Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler tossed five scoreless innings as OKC went on to defeat Tacoma, 3-1, Monday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Buehler (1-1) picked up his first win with OKC in his third Triple-A start, allowing three hits over 5.0 innings, with one walk and six strikeouts. The Dodgers scored first Monday and never trailed as OKC snapped a three-game losing skid. OKC broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning, as the team connected on four straight singles, including a RBI knock by Bobby Wilson. Alex Verdugo added a sacrifice fly later in the inning to push OKC’s lead to 2-0. Daniel Vogelbach got Tacoma on the scoreboard in the sixth with a solo home run that landed on the Budweiser Deck in left field. The Dodgers added to their lead in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs, Trayce Thompson singled and scored on a RBI by Todd Cunningham to push the team’s lead to 3-1. Dodgers reliever Joe Broussard followed Buehler on the mound and allowed one run on two hits over 2.0 innings. Jeremy Bleich tossed two scoreless frames, holding Tacoma to one hit with one walk and two strikeouts to pick up his first save with the Dodgers. Tacoma starting pitcher Chase De Jong (3-6) was charged with the loss, allowing three runs and eight hits over 7.0 innings. He did not issue a walk and recorded four strikeouts.

Today’s Probable Pitcher: Wilmer Font (8-5) is within range of becoming the team’s single-season strikeout leader tonight…Font paces the Minors with a career-high 147 strikeouts and has recorded five games with at least 10 strikeouts, tying OKC’s single-season record set in 2016 by Jose De Leon. Font is currently second on the team’s single-season strikeout record list and is four strikeouts away from breaking Matt Perisho’s record set in 1999…In his last start July 27 against Reno, Font pitched six scoreless innings, holding the Aces to four hits and one walk while recording nine strikeouts, as he combined with reliever Justin Marks on OKC’s 4-0 shutout victory…The PCL All-Star also leads the league in WHIP (1.11) and opponent average (.222), while ranking second in ERA (3.61)…His 12.33 strikeouts per nine innings lead all PCL starting pitchers and he owns a 5.25 strikeout-to-walk ratio (147 K/28 BB)…Font is the only pitcher in the league this season to win PCL Picher of the Week twice, taking home the award for the periods of May 15-21 and July 10-16…He started the Triple-A All-Star Game for the PCL on July 12, retiring the side in the first inning on four pitches…Tonight is his second career appearance and first career start against Tacoma. He pitched two scoreless innings of relief against the Rainiers Aug. 12, 2013 while with Round Rock and earned a save.

Against the Rainiers: 2017: 1-2 2016: 2-2 All-time: 45-49 At OKC: 28-19
The Dodgers and Rainiers are meeting for their lone series of the season and are playing in OKC for the first time since 2015…The teams played four games against one another last season, splitting their series in Tacoma. The Rainiers won the first two games before OKC came back to win the final two games. The Dodgers batted .301 in the series and outscored the Rainiers, 21-14. Both of Tacoma’s wins occurred when they trailed entering their final at-bat, and the Dodgers also notched a win when trailing after seven 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…15 of the last 18 meetings have been decided by one or two runs, with nine by one run.

Shift Change: Yesterday the Dodgers lost three regular members of the lineup at the trade deadline. All-Star second baseman Willie Calhoun was traded to Texas and outfielder Scott Van Slyke was traded to Cincinnati. Additionally, utilityman Mike Freeman was designated for assignment…Today the Dodgers add two players from Double-A Tulsa: infielder Tim Locastro and outfielder Henry Ramos. Locastro previously had a seven-game stint with OKC about a month ago and went 4-for-13 with a RBI. This season at Tulsa, Locastro has served as the Drillers’ primary leadoff man and has batted .286 with eight homers, 32 RBI, 22 stolen bases and a league-leading 73 runs scored. Ramos has been limited to 25 games due to injury, but when healthy he has been a force, batting .416 with five homers and 17 RBI. He is slugging .652 with a 1.117 OPS, and his batting average has never dipped below .385 this season.

Balls and Strikes: The Dodgers pitching staff recorded 10 more strikeouts Monday night for the team’s 44th double-digit strikeout game of the season. Oklahoma City leads the PCL with 994 strikeouts and has notched at least nine strikeouts in seven straight games, reaching double digits four times (71 K)…The Dodgers are six strikeouts away from reaching the 1,000-strikeout mark for the fifth straight season…OKC is on pace for 1,310 strikeouts, which would blow past the PCL single-season record they established last season (1,245)…After issuing 17 walks over the past two games, the Dodgers issued just two walks Monday night. Oklahoma City allowed 101 walks in July for the team’s highest monthly walk total since June 2013 (123), accounting for almost one-third of the Dodgers’ season total of 321 walks.

Hot Toddy: Last night Todd Cunningham picked up his sixth double and sixth multi-hit game since joining the Dodgers July 13 (14 G/12 GS). He is batting .364 with a .453 on-base percentage over 14 games, with 16 hits, four RBI and 11 runs scored…Cunningham paces the PCL with 18 hit by pitches this season and ranks eighth in the league with a .409 on-base percentage.

Mr. Reliable: Jeremy Bleich closed out last night’s game with two scoreless innings to earn his first save with OKC. Bleich has been a steadying presence out of the bullpen all season, posting a 2.23 ERA and .198 BAA over 19 appearances. He has allowed one or no runs in 18 of 19 outings, and last night he issued just his second non-intentional walk of the season.

Goodbye, July: The Dodgers turned the page on July with a win, but went 12-16 in the month. They went 9-14 over the final 23 games, including 6-10 at home…The Dodgers were outscored, 136-124, in July marking the first time they have been outscored during a full month of a season since May 2016…Wilmer Font led the PCL’s qualified pitchers in the month with a 1.17 ERA, .190 opponent average and 0.89 WHIP. He notched 33 strikeouts against four walks over 23.0 IP. The Dodgers won all four of his starts.

Short Hops: Since the All-Star Break, 14 of the team’s 18 games have been decided by three or fewer runs, with 12 decided by one or two runs. 11 of 15 home games since the break have been decided by one two runs…The Dodgers are 12-13 in series finales this season, including 7-6 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, and have lost three of the last four home series finales. When aiming for a split in the finale, the Dodgers are 4-5…The Dodgers have committed errors in back-to-back games, but still lead the league with a PCL-low 65 errors through 107 games. They have been error-free in 57 of 107 games this season.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS (ALL TIMES CENTRAL)

DATE TIME OPPONENT OKC PITCHER OPPONENT PITCHER
Wednesday, August 2 OFF
Thursday, August 3 9:05 p.m. at Las Vegas RHP Fabio Castillo (4-6, 4.41) RHP Mitch Atkins (2-5, 9.17)
Friday, August 4 9:05 p.m. at Las Vegas TBA RHP Jonathan Albaladejo (1-0, 0.00)
Saturday, August 5 9:05 p.m. at Las Vegas RHP Justin Masterson (9-5, 4.31) RHP Donvan Hand (3-5, 7.86)

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