Dogs (2-1, 2nd North) vs. Saints (2-2, 3rd North)
Tuesday, 5/21: LHP Austin Wright (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. RHP Eddie Medina (0-0, 6.35 ERA)
Wednesday, 5/22: LHP Jake Dahlberg (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. RHP Dustin Crenshaw (0-0, 1.35 ERA)
Thursday, 5/23: LHP D.J. Snelten (1-0, 3.60 ERA) vs. RHP Jake Matthys (1-0, 1.13 ERA)
SERIES NOTES: Series Notes May 21-23 at STP
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Fresh off its opening series win, the Chicago Dogs will head to St. Paul for its first road series of the season, a three-game set with the Saints at CHS Field. Game starts are 7:05 PM on Tuesday, May 21, 1:05 PM on Wednesday, May 22 and 7:05 PM on Thursday, May 23.
Austin Wright is set to make his 2019 debut as he gets the start Tuesday night. The left-hander from Schaumburg, Illinois notched a 3.66 ERA with 22 K in 19.2 innings of work last season for the Gary SouthShore RailCats.
Jake Dahlberg gets the bump on Wednesday afternoon for his own season debut. The UIC grad spent the previous two seasons in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, going 5-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 15 starts.
Thursday night’s rubber match will send D.J. Snelten to the mound for his second start. The former San Francisco Giant fared well in his Opening Night outing, giving up two earned runs on only three hits, striking out seven and walking two batters over five innings of work.
The Dogs took two of three against Gary at Impact Field over the weekend. On a historic Opening Night, the Dogs tied a franchise record for runs scored in a game in its 12-5 victory in front of 6,511 hot dog suit-clad fans. David Olmedo-Barrera tallied three extra-base hits and three runs scored, while Trey Vavra and Tony Rosselli each knocked in three RBI. The Dogs set a new franchise mark with three triples in the second inning.
Chicago followed that up with a nearly-flawless pitching performance on Saturday night. The quartet of Luke Westphal, Carlos Zambrano, Josh Goossen-Brown and Rich Mascheri no-hit the visitors for 8.2 innings before settling for a 5-1 one-hitter victory.
Keon Barnum launched the first Dogs home run of the season and Olmedo-Barrera tallied three more hits on Sunday, but Chicago’s furious comeback attempt fell just short as they fell to the RailCats, 7-5.
SCOUTING THE SAINTS
St. Paul split its opening series against the Milwaukee Milkmen, dropping the first two games before rebounding with two straight victories. Josh Allen (.375) and Burt Reynolds (.364) pace the Saints in batting average, while Max Murphy’s two home runs are tied for most in the American Association. Last season, the Dogs went 5-7 against the Saints, which included a 3-3 mark at home.
Fans can tune in to The Chicago Dogs Baseball Network for an audio feed of every Dogs road game. Team broadcaster Sam Brief will have the call. For more updates, follow @TheChicagoDogs on social media and use the hashtag #TakeABite.