Dogs (55-39, 3rd North, 6.0 GB) vs. Milkmen (37-57, T-5th North, 24.0 GB)
Wednesday, 8/28: LHP Luke Westphal (10-2, 2.99 ERA) vs RHP Kurt Heyer (5-10, 4.84 ERA)
Thursday, 8/29: LHP D.J. Snelten (6-3, 3.26 ERA) vs. RHP Joey Wagman (1-3, 4.70 ERA)
Friday, 8/30: LHP Jake Dahlberg (8-6, 4.66 ERA) vs. RHP Angel Ventura (6-9, 2.69 ERA)
SERIES NOTES: Series Notes Aug 28-30 MKE
ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Chicago Dogs dropped three of four games against the St. Paul Saints but are still very much alive in the playoff hunt in 2019. The Dogs continued to get stellar outings from their starters and saw the offense come alive in a big way in the final two games of the series.
Chicago (55-39, 3rd North) was kept in every game against St. Paul thanks to its pitching staff. In a 15-inning, 2-1 game one loss, Justin Goossen-Brown threw an inspired five innings of long relief to back up another seven-inning, one-run start from D.J. Snelten. In game two, Jake Dahlberg tossed seven innings of four-hit ball, and Carlos Zambrano hurled five innings in his fourth start, allowing just one earned run. Offensively, the Dogs rediscovered the longball late in the series as Kelly Dugan homered twice and drove in six in game three, while Victor Roache mashed home runs number 22 and 23 on the year in the finale, an 11-9 victory for Chicago.
The Dogs now return home for a three-game set against the Milwaukee Milkmen, whom the Dogs swept at Routine Field the last time these two teams met. 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.
LHP Luke Westphal will start game one for Chicago. In his first start after returning from the Disabled List, Westphal looked like his typical self. He struck out eight batters in four innings while walking two and allowing just one run. His 2.99 ERA as a starter is still the best mark in the Dogs rotation.
LHP D.J. Snelten will get the nod for game two against the Milkmen. Snelten continued his torrid month of August against the Saints. He has turned in five consecutive starts in which he has gone seven or more innings while walking three or fewer and striking out five or more batters, and will look to capitalize on that dominance against Milwaukee.
LHP Jake Dahlberg starts the finale on Friday night. Dahlberg has also enjoyed a fantastic run of success as of late. In a no-decision against St. Paul on Sunday, he logged his third straight start of seven or more innings with one earned run and two walks or fewer surrendered. His command remains the best in the Dogs rotation, having given up just 28 walks in 104.1 innings this year.
SCOUTING THE MILKMEN
The Milwaukee Milkmen (37-57, T-5th North) come to Impact Field winners of four of their last 10, and most recently a series win over the Sioux Falls Canaries at Routine Field. Offensively, the Milkmen’s big bat is Adam Walker. He has hit the third-most home runs in the league with 21, despite having racked up the second-most strikeouts (110 in 368 plate appearances).
The pitching staff is what has kept the Milkmen relatively afloat this year. They boast a formidable bullpen including Jake Joyce and All-Star Myles Smith, who between them have logged 93 strikeouts and 39 walks in a combined 68 IP. Friday starter Angel Ventura’s 2.69 ERA in 19 starts is the best in the league among active starters.
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