Dogs (20-19, 4th North) vs. Railroaders (22-20, T-1st South)
Tuesday, 7/2: LHP D.J. Snelten (3-1, 3.70 ERA) vs. RHP Jesus Sanchez (4-2, 4.08 ERA)
Wednesday, 7/3: LHP Luke Westphal (5-1, 3.04 ERA) vs. RHP Charlie Gillies (2-4, 4.32 ERA)
Thursday, 7/4: RHP Wes Torrez (0-2, 12.10 ERA) vs. LHP Eudis Idrogo (2-3, 5.77 ERA)
SERIES NOTES: Series Notes July 2-4 CLE
CLEBURNE, Texas — The Chicago Dogs picked up a much-needed series win over the Winnipeg Goldeyes over the weekend and have won back-to-back games for the first time since June 16. The Dogs (20-19, 4th North) got a stellar start from Jake Dahlberg in the game two win, and Casey Crosby, Rich Mascheri and Kyle Halbohn out of the bullpen continue to impress. Offensively, the Dogs mashed six homers in the series, including two from Victor Roache. They now begin a Texas road trip consisting of seven games in six days that will first pit them against the Cleburne Railroaders at The Depot at Cleburne Station. First pitches are scheduled for precisely 7:06 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
LHP D.J. Snelten is set to start the series opener on Tuesday night. The MLB Veteran looked back to his usual form in a rain-shortened three-inning start in an 11-4 win over Kansas City earlier in the week, bringing the walk numbers back down while striking out three members of a red-hot T-Bones offense.
LHP Luke Westphal will take the mound for game two on Wednesday night. Westphal’s most recent start was marred by forearm tightness that got in the way of the usual level of devastation wreaked by his slider, and Kansas City tagged him for five runs in two innings. His ERA has crept north of 3.00 for the first time all year, but opponents are still hitting a mere .154 against Luke.
The series finale on Thursday will be started by RHP Wes Torrez, who is looking to get back to the form he attained in his appearances for the Dogs in 2018. His debut relief appearance was solid, but his last two starts ballooned his ERA. He’ll look to right the ship on Independence Day.
SCOUTING THE RAILROADERS
The Cleburne Railroaders are red-hot. Though they sit just two games over .500 at 22-20, they have won nine of their previous 11 games, including each of the last six. Cleburne most recently dispatched the Texas AirHogs in Grand Prairie by a combined score of 29-11. While their pitching staff has been solid, the team’s bats that have carried them. The Railroaders are hitting .311 over the last 10 games while mashing 10 home runs. Catcher John Nester and infielder Chase Simpson have combined for five big flies and 21 RBIs. The only blemish on the Railroaders’ recent tear is that their league-worst defense has committed 19 errors over their previous 11 games.
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