Dogs (42-30, 3rd North, 3.5 GB) vs. Milkmen (28-44, 6th North, 17.5 GB)
Tuesday, 8/6: LHP Luke Westphal (9-2, 3.11 ERA) vs. RHP Jordan Kraus (4-3, 4.01 ERA)
Wednesday, 8/7: RHP Wes Torrez (1-3, 7.64 ERA) vs. RHP Joey Wagman (0-1, 3.60 ERA)
Thursday, 8/8: LHP Austin Wright (5-5, 4.01 ERA) vs. RHP Kurt Heyer (4-7, 4.99 ERA)
SERIES NOTES: Series Notes Aug 6-8 MKE
ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Chicago Dogs bounced back with an emphatic three-game home sweep of the St. Paul Saints, outscoring the Saints 33-11 and setting franchise records for margin of victory (13) and most home runs hit in a game (six) in their 15-2 win on Saturday night.
They’ll look to keep the momentum going and exact a bit of vengeance in a mid-week set against a Milwaukee team that took two of three the last time they visited Impact Field.
Chicago (42-30, 3rd North) turned in complete efforts in all three contests against the Saints, and the offense was the story of the weekend. Victor Roache took home Player of the Week honors after a week which included three home runs and 10 RBI in the first two games against the Saints. Keon Barnum hit his league-leading 22nd homer of the year.
On the mound, Austin Wright, D.J. Snelten and Jake Dahlberg all turned in solid outings to quiet a dangerous St. Paul offense. After an off day on Monday, the Dogs continue their homestand with three games against the Milwaukee Milkmen. First pitch on Tuesday and Wednesday night is scheduled for 7:05 PM, and Thursday’s finale will be at 6:05 PM.
LHP Luke Westphal will start game one against the Milkmen. Westphal’s most recent outing saw him run into a Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks offense that tagged him for five runs in four frames in an 8-3 loss. He still struck out six batters, keeping up his torrid pace in 2019. His 103 strikeouts are still the most in the American Association, and opponents are hitting just .187 against the All-Star southpaw.
RHP Wes Torrez gets the ball for game two. He tossed four solid frames against the RedHawks in a 7-4 loss, striking out five and walking just one batter. He is the only Dogs to have thrown a complete-game shutout this year and has been trending in a positive direction ever since doing so.
LHP Austin Wright will start in the series finale on Thursday. The Dogs have not lost a game in which Wright has been the starter since late June, and the lefty fireballer put together another dominant outing on Friday against the St. Paul Saints, a game that the Dogs won, 8-4. He held a potent Saints offense to just one run on six hits while striking out four. Wright has racked up 89 strikeouts on the year, third-most in the American Association.
SCOUTING THE MILKMEN
The Milkmen (28-44, 6th North) are in a tough stretch. They have lost nine of their last 10 games, and are about to face off against a Dogs team trending in the opposite direction. Offensively, they are led by Milwaukee native Adam Walker, whose 15 home runs are tied for fourth among active players in the Association. He is the only Milkman with double-digit homers, and he has collected a team-leading 47 RBI. Manuel Boscan terrorized the Dogs the last time these two teams faced off (5-for-8, 4 RBI), and he owns a team-leading .290 batting average. Angel Ventura (2.77 ERA) anchors the Milkmen pitching along with T.J. House (71 K), neither of whom the Dogs are slated to face in the series.
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