Dogs (14-7, 2nd North) vs. T-Bones (4-19, 6th South)
Monday, 6/10: RHP Trevor Simms (1-2, 4.65 ERA) vs. RHP Kevin Hilton (1-2, 3.57 ERA)
Tuesday, 6/11: LHP Jake Dahlberg (2-0, 2.00 ERA) vs. RHP Gan Quan (0-3, 6.09 ERA)
Wednesday, 6/12: LHP Austin Wright (0-3, 4.32 ERA) RHP Zhang Tao (0-4, 4.50 ERA)
SERIES NOTES: Series Notes June 10-12 TEX
ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Chicago Dogs are back home on Monday as they start a three-game series against the last-place Texas AirHogs before getting the day off on Thursday, ending the stretch of 13 games in as many days for Chicago. First pitch for all three games is scheduled for 7:05 PM.
The Dogs (14-7, 2nd North) won clinched their sixth series of the year with a 6-2 win on Sunday over the Kansas City T-Bones. The offense kept rolling, scoring at least five runs in every game, and continue to pace the American Association in every offensive category, where they sit in the top three across the board, and lead the league with a gaudy +47 run differential through 21 games. Their 3.16 ERA as a team is also second-best in the league, helped out by three solid starts from Austin Wright, D.J. Snelten and Luke Westphal over the weekend, none of whom gave up more than two earned runs in their respective contests.
The lone righty in the Dogs’ rotation, Trevor Simms, gets the call for game one vs. the AirHogs. He is coming off his best outing of the year on June 5 vs. Gary, in which he allowed just two runs on two hits through five innings. The Tulane product has allowed two earned runs or fewer in every start but one this year.
LHP Jake Dahlberg will take the mound for game two on Tuesday night. The former UIC Flame has been the noodle arm of the rotation, going at least seven frames in each of his starts this year, and sporting a 13/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio on the year in the process. Opponents are hitting a paltry .200 against Dahlberg.
The series finale on Wednesday night will be started by Austin Wright, whose 0-3 record could not be more deceptive. The left-handed fireballer has clocked 26 strikeouts this year, and while this ranks third on the team, he’s done it in almost half as many innings (16.2) as Luke Westphal and D.J. Snelten. Wright most recently gave up one earned run in six innings in game one of the series against the T-Bones on Friday night, an 11-5 Dogs win.
SCOUTING THE AIRHOGS
Following a 25-75 campaign in 2018, things are off to an even worse start for the AirHogs (4-19, 6th South) in 2019. The team has already logged a 10-game losing streak, and their 4-19 mark puts them in dead last in the American Association, trailing the Sioux City Explorers by four games. They have struggled mightily on offense, coming into the series against the Dogs with a .196 team batting average, and their pitching staff has not fared much better, sporting a combined 6.12 ERA. While both of those do rank last in the Association, the AirHogs are the fastest team in the league, having stolen 41 bases, which is 17 more than the next-best squad.
Offensively, the AirHogs are led by Texas A&M alum Jonathan Moroney, who has registered three straight multi-hit games to boost his team-high .305 average and nine RBIs, and arguably their most complete hitter, Josh Prince of Tulane. Prince is batting .273 on the year and leads the AirHogs in walks with 15, and stolen bases with 13, which is more than the Dogs have as an entire team.
Despite their eyesore of a staff ERA, the AirHogs’ starters have performed admirably on the year. Monday Starter Kevin Hilton has turned in de facto quality starts in three of four attempts and is coming off a dominant outing against the first-place St. Paul Saints on June 5th in which he surrendered one run over 7.2 innings while walking just two batters, leading his team to a 4-1 win. Saturday starter Gan Quan has also allowed two runs or fewer in three straight starts, all of which have been over five innings long.
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