Dogs (16-10, 2nd North) vs. RedHawks (16-11, 3rd North)
Tuesday, 6/18: LHP Jake Dahlberg (2-0, 1.95 ERA) vs. RHP Joel Seddon (0-0, 0,00 ERA)
Wednesday, 6/19: LHP D.J. Snelten (3-0, 3.37 ERA) vs. RHP Parker French (2-0, 3.54 ERA)
Thursday, 6/20: LHP Luke Westphal (5-0, 0.80 ERA) vs. LHP Mitchell Lambson (3-1, 3.07 ERA)
SERIES NOTES: Series Notes June 18-20 WPG
WINNIPEG, MB, CANADA — The Chicago Dogs won their seventh series of the season over the weekend, edging North Division rival Fargo-Moorhead. The Dogs (16-10, 2nd North) got production from Larry Balkwill, who played hero one in the game two win, and Trey Vavra, who provided the pop with a home run in the finale. They now begin a six-game road trip that will first pit them against the Winnipeg Goldeyes at Shaw Park. Firth pitch is slated for 7:00 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
LHP Jake Dahlberg is set to start game one of the series on Tuesday night. The Vancouver, WA product has not given up more than three earned runs in any of his starts this season, going at least five innings in all of them, including a team-long eight-inning start against Milwaukee on May 26. He carries a 25-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio into the Winnipeg opener.
LHP D.J. Snelten will take the mound for game two on Wednesday night. The Dogs’ Opening Day starter has been the model of consistency for Chicago, most recently having his best start in a 4-2 win over the RedHawks over the weekend, going 7.1 innings while allowing just one earned run. The lefty has a 2.24 ERA over his last four starts.
The series finale on Thursday will be started by LHP Luke Westphal, who continued to be the best arm in the Dogs’ rotation in a 5-4 win over Fargo-Moorhead on Sunday. He hurled seven strikeouts while allowing just two runs and two walks in the win, bringing his strikeout total to a league-leading 43 on the season. Opponents are batting a paltry .119 against Westphal this year.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEYES
The Winnipeg Goldeyes currently sit at 16-11 and half a game behind the Dogs in a season that has seen them jockeying with the Dogs and the Saints for supremacy in the North. The Goldeyes took two of three from the Gary SouthShore RailCats in a mid-week set before dropping a game to the Milwaukee Milkmen in a series that only saw one game played due to rain. Offensively, Winnipeg is led by Willy Garcia, whose .309 average leads the team, along with his four home runs. As far as arms, Thursday starter Mitchell Lambson’s 3.07 ERA and 27 strikeouts are both team-bests for starters, and Marcus Crescentini has been stellar out of the bullpen. In 12 appearances, the right hander has allowed just three runs while limiting opponents to a .139 average.
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