Dogs (43-32, 4th North, 5.5 GB) vs. RedHawks (49-27, 1st North,—- GB)
Friday, 8/9: LHP D.J. Snelten (5-3, 3.97 ERA) vs. RHP Michael Tamburino (5-5, 4.12 ERA)
Saturday, 8/10: LHP Jake Dahlberg (6-5, 5.45 ERA) vs. LHP Tyler Pike (6-2, 3.23 ERA)
Sunday, 8/11: LHP Luke Westphal (10-2, 3.03 ERA) vs. LHP Sebastian Kessay (8-0, 4.44 ERA)
SERIES NOTES: Series Notes Aug 9-11 FM 1
ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Chicago Dogs were not able to keep the momentum generated by a weekend sweep of the St. Paul Saints going against the Milwaukee Milkmen, dropping the final two games of the series. Still very much in postseason contention, sitting just 1.5 games out of the second playoff spot, the Dogs welcome the team with the best record in the Association, the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, to Impact Field for a three-game series.
Chicago (43-32, 4th North) kept its run of elite starting pitching performances going with three solid outings from their starters, surrendering a combined eight earned runs across 14.1 innings while striking out 17 Milkmen. The Dogs bullpen was near flawless, allowing just two runs, neither of which were earned, in their 12.1 innings pitched across the series. The defensive inconsistency from the Dogs defense played a significant part in the series loss, however, as Chicago committed seven errors in the three games, which in turn led to a total of five unearned runs scoring for Milwaukee.
Offensively, Chicago got good production from Gustavo Pierre (.363 AVG, three runs, three RBI), Jordan Dean (three hits and a home run on Wednesday) and Trey Vavra (5-for-8, 3 BB, 0 K). David Olmedo-Barrera also had two hits in his return to the lineup in the series finale to push his on-base streak to 32 games. The Dogs continue the postseason push with their final regular-season meeting with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. First pitch on Friday and Saturday night is scheduled for 7:05 PM and Sunday’s finale will be at 3:05 PM.
LHP D.J. Snelten will start the series opener on Friday night. He pitched a valuable seven innings on Saturday night against St. Paul, holding a dangerous offense to one earned run en route to a 15-2 blowout win for his Dogs. His command has been superb in his last eight starts (43.1 IP), evidenced by a 36-to-14 strikeout-to-walk ratio, not once walking more than two in any outing over that stretch.
LHP Jake Dahlberg will get the hill game two for the Dogs. The UIC product is coming off a quality start against St. Paul, allowing just four hits over six innings. In that start, he piled up seven strikeouts, tying him for sixth in the league. His 22 walks in 14 appearances this season are by far the fewest of any Dogs starter.
LHP Luke Westphal is slated to start the finale against the RedHawks. The Dogs All-Star pitched one of his best outings on Tuesday in a 5-1 win against Milwaukee. He allowed one run on two hits and one walk, also striking out eight in five innings, throwing just 80 pitches. Westphal retains his crown atop the league’s strikeout leaderboards at 111 on the season.
SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS
The RedHawks (49-27, 1st North) come to Impact Field winners of four straight, fresh off a road sweep of the Gary SouthShore RailCats. League leaders in batting average (.292) and ERA (3.65), they are arguably the most complete team in the American Association.
Chris Jacobs (15 HR) has provided plenty of pop for Fargo-Moorhead. Along with Devan Ahart, they have 111 RBI as a pair, second-most in the league behind Chicago’s own Bash Brothers, Keon Barnum and Victor Roache, who have 131. Tim Colwell, Leobaldo Piña, Correlle Prime, Brennan Metzger and Jacobs all are hitting over .300, with Ahart close behind at .297. None of those RedHawks have missed more than 11 games this year.
As a staff, the RedHawks have allowed the fewest runs, earned or otherwise, of any team, while also issuing the third-fewest walks.
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