Dogs (52-35, 3rd North, 5.5 GB) vs. Goldeyes (48-39, 4th North, 9.5 GB)
Wednesday, 8/21: RHP Carlos Zambrano (3-0, 4.82 ERA) vs RHP Kevin Hilton (0-2, 5.25 ERA)
Thursday, 8/22: LHP Austin Wright (5-7, 4.38 ERA) vs. LHP Mitchell Lambson (12-2, 2.85 ERA)
Friday, 8/23: TBA vs. TBA
SERIES NOTES: Series Notes Aug 21-23 WPG
ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Chicago Dogs kept pace in the North Division playoff hunt with their fourth straight series win, sweeping the Milwaukee Milkmen in three games at Routine Field earlier in the week. Chicago’s starters continued their dominant month of August, and Keon Barnum tied the American Association record for most home runs in a season with his 30th of 2019.
Chicago (52-35, 3rd North) saw every starter in the Milwaukee series go at least five innings, strike out four or more and give up one run or fewer in their starts. Barnum registered a three-hit game in game one of the series, two of those hits being home runs, and Gustavo Pierre kept his hot streak going with a 3-for-5 day on Tuesday in which he smacked his fourth homer of the year and drove in three runs.
Chicago now returns home for a three-game set against the Winnipeg Goldeyes, whom the Dogs took two of three from in their last meeting in Shaw Park. Game one on Wednesday will start at 7:05 PM, game two will start at 6:05 PM on Thursday, and Friday’s finale will kick off at 7:05 PM.
RHP Carlos Zambrano is slated to start Wednesday’s opener. Zambrano made his second start of the year on Friday against the Goldeyes. In a vintage performance, he threw 5.1 innings, allowing one run on six hits while walking none and striking out a season-high seven batters.
LHP Austin Wright will start Thursday’s contest. Wright has continued to rack up the strikeouts at a blazing pace. With seven or more strikeouts in his last three outings, he has accrued 115 on the year, placing him second on the American Association leaderboard. Wright threw his first seven-inning start his last time out against Winnipeg on Saturday, striking out seven and walking two.
Friday’s starter is TBA
SCOUTING THE GOLDEYES
The Winnipeg Goldeyes (48-39 4th North), have lost seven of their last 10 games, including two of three to the Dogs, and have subsequently dropped to the fringes of playoff contention. They enter the series against Chicago six games out of a playoff spot, and 9.5 out of first.
Winnipeg’s starting rotation boasts two 11-game winners in Kevin McGovern (11-6, 3.65 ERA) and Thursday starter Mitchell Lambson (12-2), whose 2.85 ERA is the second-lowest among all American Association starting pitchers, and whose 117 strikeouts have him atop the league leaderboards.
The Goldeyes offense is middling, but Winnipeg boasts three bats that have tallied at least 10 home runs with Garcia, Kyle Martin and American Association veteran Reggie Abercrombie. The hallmark of this Goldeyes team is their league-best defense. With a .987 fielding percentage, Winnipeg is not a team that will hamstring itself with miscues in the field.
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