Dogs (28-22, 3rd North) vs. Canaries (27-24, 2nd South)
Friday, 7/12: LHP D.J. Snelten (4-2, 3.59 ERA) vs. RHP Alex Boshers (4-2, 6.29 ERA)
Saturday, 7/13: RHP Wes Torrez (0-2, 10.67 ERA) vs. RHP Keaton Steele (1-5, 4.10 ERA)
Sunday, 7/14: LHP Luke Westphal (7-1, 2.36 ERA) vs. RHP Taylor Hill (6-2, 2.41 ERA)
SERIES NOTES: Series Notes July 12 14 SF
Sioux Falls, SD — The Dogs recorded their second series sweep of the season after four wins against the Gary SouthShore RailCats and head into the weekend series against Sioux Falls winners of six in a row.
Chicago (28-22, 3rd North) continued to fire on all cylinders against the RailCats, improving to 9-2 against their North Division rivals. David Olmedo-Barrera extended his torrid hit streak to 12, and the pitching continued to be dominant with Luke Westphal and Austin Wright powering the Dogs rotation to wins. They now embark on a ten-game road trip, starting with three games against the Sioux Falls Canaries at Sioux Falls Stadium. Friday’s game will start at 7:05 PM, with game two on Saturday beginning at 6:05 PM. The series finale on Sunday is scheduled to start at 1:05 PM.
LHP D.J. Snelten will get the call for game one on Friday. The towering lefty turned in his best start of the year against Texas, allowing no earned runs and five hits in seven innings, picking up his fourth win of the season and bumping his ERA back below 4.00. He has not allowed more than two walks in each of his last three starts.
RHP Wes Torrez is scheduled to start game two of the series. Torrez looked sharper in his most recent outing but succumbed to a red-hot Cleburne offense in an Independence Day loss to the Railroaders. He has not allowed too many free baserunners, issuing just five walks across his 14.1 innings of work in 2019.
LHP Luke Westphal will get the ball for the series finale against Sioux Falls. The newly-minted All-Star won his seventh decision of the season in a 10-0 win over Gary SouthShore. Westphal allowed three hits and one walk in six scoreless frames while striking out nine. He leads the Association with 76 strikeouts and has proven himself to be the best starter in the league.
SCOUTING THE CANARIES
The Sioux Falls Canaries (27-24, 2nd South) have had an up-and-down season. At one point securely in first in the South, the Canaries endured a nine-game losing streak in late June, but have bounced back in emphatic fashion. They are winners of nine of their last 12.
While their pitching staff sports a 5.10 team ERA, the offense has been more than up to the task, batting a league-best .299 as a collective. Infielder Alay Lago is batting a superhuman .369 over 49 games with a team-high eight home runs. Every batter in the Canaries lineup is hitting over .260, and six of them are hitting above .290.
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