Dogs (38-25, 3rd North, 2.5 GB) vs. Railroaders (38-25, 1st South, 3.5 GB)

 

Probables

Saturday, 7/27: RHP Wes Torrez (1-2, 6.41 ERA) vs. RHP Greyfer Eregua (2-1, 5.00 ERA)

Sunday, 7/28: LHP Austin Wright (4-5, 3.68 ERA) vs. TBA

Monday, 7/29: LHP D.J. Snelten (4-2, 3.88 ERA) vs. LHP Eudis Idrogo (6-3, 4.40 ERA)

 

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SERIES NOTES: Series Notes July 27-29 CLE

 

ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Chicago Dogs dropped two of three at home to the Milkmen before scoring nine runs in a blowout finale win. Chicago also got three straight quality starts out of pitchers D.J. Snelten, Jake Dahlberg and Luke Westphal in the series. Winners of 15 of their last 18 games, they’ll look to keep the momentum rolling over the weekend against the visiting Cleburne Railroaders, who are 14-4 over the same stretch.

Chicago’s (38-25, 3rd North) starting rotation continues to make its case as the best in the Association, surrendering just four earned runs on 16 hits against the Milkmen to lower their opponents’ batting average to .245, the best mark in the Association. An offense that was red-hot heading into the All-Star Break regained its footing in a 9-3 win on Friday, highlighted by a David Olmedo-Barrera grand slam. “D.O.B.” also owns a .329 batting average, tied for the fourth-highest in the league, as well as the league’s longest hitting streak at 24 games. First pitch on Saturday night’s opener and Monday night’s finale are scheduled for 7:05 PM, while Sunday’s game will start at 3:05 PM.

RHP Wes Torrez will start game one for Chicago. He is coming off his best start of the year on Saturday, in which he threw an inspired complete game against Gary SouthShore. He allowed four hits and no walks while striking out six en route to the Dogs’ first complete game shutout by a starter, a 2-0 win. Torrez is fresh off back-to-back solid starts in which he has given up just two runs on seven hits and two walks over 12.1 IP.

LHP Austin Wright will take the hill on Sunday in game two. The last time the Dogs lost a game that Wright started was on June 25. Since then, the flamethrowing lefty has piled up 35 strikeouts in his last 25 innings of work while allowing just seven earned runs over that stretch. His 77 total strikeouts on the year are second in the Association only to Luke Westphal’s 97.

LHP D.J. Snelten is slated to start the finale against the Railroaders. The tall left-hander is coming off one of his best starts of 2019, hurling six scoreless innings and striking out five in the series opener against the Milkmen. Opponents are batting just .226 against Snelten this year, which is — incredibly enough — only third-best among Dogs starters.

 

SCOUTING THE RAILROADERS

The Cleburne Railroaders (38-25, 1st South) have pulled away in a formerly crowded South race and cemented themselves as the team to beat in the division, not having lost a series since June 21-23. Chase Simpson’s league-leading 71 RBI and second-best 16 homers anchor a Railroader offense that features six bats who have above a .290 average on the year. 

Offense alone does not a division leader make, however, and the Railroaders have been examples of that, sporting a staff ERA of 3.72, which is the second-best mark in the Association, behind only the North-leading St. Paul Saints. Their staff has also held opponents to a .253 average, a mark bested only by three teams. The only real hole in this team is a glaring one — 78 errors in 63 games are by far the most committed by a team this year.

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