New Orleans Baby Cakes (53-77) vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers (69-64)

New Orleans Baby Cakes (53-77) vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers (69-64)
Miami Marlins vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Games #134 of 141/Home #67 of 70 (35-31)
Pitching Probables: NO-RHP Scott Copeland (9-10, 5.13) vs. OKC-RHP Wilmer Font (9-8, 3.58)
Monday, August 28, 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 continue their final homestand of the season and open a four-game series against the New Orleans Baby Cakes at 7:05 p.m. at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The Dodgers have eight games remaining in 2017 after Colorado Springs clinched the American Northern Division title Sunday.

Yesterday’s Games: The Dodgers and Omaha split doubleheader Sunday, as Omaha won the first game, 3-0, and OKC won the second game, 5-4. In Game 1, the Storm Chasers took a quick 3-0 lead, scoring the only runs of the game in their first at-bat and sending OKC to a second straight shutout defeat. Five of the first six batters reached base for Omaha, including a RBI single by Frank Schwindel and a two-run double by Cam Gallagher. The Dodgers put runners at first and second base with one out in the bottom of the sixth, but Omaha reliever Eric Stout retired the next two batters to preserve Omaha’s lead. Stout then retired the Dodgers in order in the bottom of the seventh as he picked up his fifth save. Omaha starting pitcher Andres Machado (2-2) got up the win, tossing 5.1 scoreless innings while Dodgers starting pitcher Brock Stewart (0-1) was hit with his first loss in 14 career starts with OKC…Game 2 got off to a similar start, with Omaha once again scoring three runs in the first on four straight hits with one out. The Dodgers answered in the bottom of the first. Rob Segedin hammered a three-run homer to left field to knot the game, 3-3. Edwin Rios followed with a single and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Rios scored on a RBI single by Henry Ramos to put the Dodgers in front, 4-3. Bobby Wilson brought home a run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly for a 5-3 lead. Schwindel connected on a RBI single in the fifth inning to cut the Dodgers’ lead to one. Dodgers pitchers retired the final seven Omaha batters, including six straight by reliever Jeremy Bleich, who picked up his third save. Dodgers starting pitcher Eddie Gamboa (7-7) was credited with the win and Omaha starting pitcher Pedro Fernandez (2-1) took the loss.

Today’s Probable Pitcher: Wilmer Font (9-8) tries to reach the 10-win mark tonight after being named to the All-PCL Team earlier today…Font paces Triple-A with a career-high 170 strikeouts and owns OKC’s all-time single-season strikeout record since the team rejoined the PCL in 1998. He has five games with at least 10 K’s, tying OKC’s single-season record set in 2016 by Jose De Leon, and he set a team record with 15 K’s May 15 vs. Sacramento…The PCL All-Star leads the league in ERA (3.58), WHIP (1.13) and opponent average (.226). He ranks tied for third with 24 starts, tied for fourth with nine wins and sixth with 128.1 IP…His 11.92 K’s per nine innings lead all PCL starting pitchers and he owns a 5.0 strikeout-to-walk ratio (170 K/34 BB)…Font suffered a third straight loss Aug. 20 in Colorado Springs, allowing five runs and eight hits over 3.0 innings with two strikeouts and two walks. The start marked his shortest outing of the season and his two strikeouts tied his season low…Font has been named PCL Pitcher 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 July 12, retiring the side in the first inning on four pitches…Tonight is his third start of the season against the Baby Cakes. Font is 1-0 with a 0.90 ERA against New Orleans, holding the Baby Cakes to one run and five hits over 10.0 IP with 13 strikeouts against two walks. Two of OKC’s four wins against New Orleans this season have come in games Font started.

Against the Baby Cakes: 2017: 4-7 2016: 10-6 All-time: 167-145 At OKC: 87-68
The Dodgers and Baby Cakes are playing their fourth and final series of the season…The Dodgers won the finale of their previous series in OKC July 13-16, but New Orleans took the series, 3-1, as the Dodgers have dropped six of the last eight meetings with the ‘Cakes…The Dodgers have not won back-to-back games against the Baby Cakes in 2017…Entering this final series, New Orleans has outscored OKC, 52-50, and recorded nine home runs compared to OKC’s six homers. However, the Dodgers are outhitting the Baby Cakes, 85-76…The Dodgers have not lost a season series to New Orleans since 2011, which is also the only time OKC has lost a season series against New Orleans since 2006.

Award Tour: Wilmer Font was named to the All-PCL Team earlier today, marking the third straight year a member of the OKC Dodgers was named to the postseason All-Star Team. Infielder Rob Segedin made the team in 2016 and catcher Austin Barnes was selected in 2015…Font is the 11th Oklahoma City team member to make the All-PCL Team since OKC rejoined the league in 1998, but just the third pitcher to do, joining Matt Perisho (1999) and Michael Kirkman (2010)…Former OKC Dodger Willie Calhoun was also named to the All-PCL team today. In 99 games with OKC before being traded to the Texas Rangers on July 31, Calhoun batted .298 with 23 home runs and 67 RBI.

Charles in Charge: Charlie Culberson hit safely in both games Sunday, going a combined 2-for-6 with a run scored to extend his hitting streak to a season-best 10 games. He is batting .405 (15×37) during the stretch with five multi-hit games, five RBI and six runs scored. He is in the midst of his longest hitting streak since an 11-game streak June 24-July 5, 2016.

Don’t Forget About Dre: Andre Ethier went 2-for-3 in Game 1 Sunday with a double and a walk in his second game with OKC on a rehab assignment. Ethier has been out all season with a herniated disc in his back and has now played in a total of 10 games with three different minor league affiliates during the rehab assignment, going 7-for-32 with two doubles and six RBI…A veteran of 1,433 Major League games — all with the Los Angeles Dodgers — Ethier owns a career .285 average with 160 home runs and 684 RBI.

Max Effort: In each game of yesterday’s doubleheader, Max Muncy went 1-for-2 with a walk, reaching base a total of four times in six plate appearances. Muncy is currently on a nine-game hitting streak, batting .400 (10×25). It’s tied for his longest hitting streak of the season, previously set May 27-June 7…Since the All-Star Break, Muncy has posted a .427 on-base percentage, which ranks fifth in the PCL.

Kings of K’s: OKC’s pitching staff picked up 13 more strikeouts across two games Sunday (14.0 IP) and leads the PCL with 1,208 strikeouts this season, which is 118 more than the next closest team (Memphis). The Dodgers need 38 strikeouts over their final eight games to break the PCL modern-era record they set last season (1,245).

Alex the Great: Alex Verdugo has reached base safely in 16 straight games. He has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games, batting .367 (18×49) with four doubles, two home runs, six runs scored and eight RBI…He leads the Dodgers with 135 hits and 51 walks this season…He currently ranks ninth in the PCL with a .394 on-base percentage and his .318 batting average is tied for 12th.

Short Hops: After stealing only a total of 20 bases between June (14) and July (6), the Dodgers have stolen 23 bags in August…With Colorado Springs clinching the division title yesterday, this is the earliest OKC has been eliminated from playoff contention since 2011.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS (ALL TIMES CENTRAL)

DATE TIME OPPONENT OKC PITCHER OPPONENT PITCHER
Tuesday, August 29 7:05 p.m. New Orleans RHP David Hale (2-3, 3.73) LHP Mike Kickham (2-3, 5.35)
Wednesday, August 30 7:05 p.m. New Orleans TBA RHP William Cuevas (2-5, 4.44)
Thursday, August 31 7:05 p.m. New Orleans RHP Justin Masterson (11-6, 4.25) RHP Keyvius Sampson (5-5, 6.00)
Friday, September 1 7:05 p.m. at Round Rock TBA TBA

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