Dogs (3-3, T-4th North) vs. Milkmen (3-5, 6th North)
Friday, 5/24: LHP Luke Westphal (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. TBA
Saturday, 5/25: RHP Trevor Simms (0-1, 4.15 ERA) vs. TBA
Sunday, 5/26: LHP Jake Dahlberg (0-0, 3.00 ERA) vs. TBA
SERIES NOTES: Series Notes May 24-26 vs MKE
KOKOMO, Ind. — The Chicago Dogs are set to conclude their first road trip of the season, travelling to Kokomo, Indiana for a three-game series with the Milwaukee Milkmen. Game starts are 6:05 PM Central Time on Friday May 24, 5:05 PM on Saturday May 25, and 12:05 PM on Sunday May 26.
Tony Rosselli will look to build off of his historic outing vs. St. Paul, where he slugged a franchise-record three home runs. Rosselli blasted a three-run homer in the first inning and launched solo home runs in the third and tenth innings to power the Dogs to a 7-6, extra-innings win over the Saints. The feat was the first time in Rosselli’s career — at any level — that he hit three home runs, and he also set a new Dogs mark for RBIs in a game, with five.
Harrison Smith is also enjoying a hot start to the season, riding a five-game hitting streak.
Taking the mound for game one will be Luke Westphal, who threw 5.2 innings of no-hit ball in his first start, a game that saw Dogs pitching carry a no hitter until two outs in the ninth inning.
Trevor Simms will seek to rebound on Saturday night from his first start. The Hurst, Texas native went 4.1 innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits, striking out four in the Dogs’ 7-5 loss to the Gary SouthShore RailCats.
In game three, LHP Jake Dahlberg is slated for his first start of the young season. Dahlberg is a University of Illinois-Chicago alum who ranks top-five in Flames history for wins, strikeouts, starts and innings pitched, and is the only pitcher in Horizon League history to win Conference Pitcher of the Year twice.
Chicago split its four-game series against St. Paul, which saw game one be rescheduled to the following day due to rain. The Dogs fell to the Saints, 4-0, and 6-5, in both games of the doubleheader, but bounced back to win game three following Rosselli’s memorable performance.
SCOUTING THE MILKMEN
The Milkmen, currently in their first season in franchise history, are 3-5 to start the year. Milwaukee dropped three of four games in Fargo against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks and now enter their first home series (until June 24, all home games are being played in Kokomo due to weather-related construction delays at Routine Field). Dan Ward and Cesar Valera have paced the Milkmen so far offensively — both are batting at a team-leading .286 clip, and Ward has slugged two home runs. The Dogs won both Spring Training matchups against Milwaukee earlier this month at Impact Field.
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.