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GAME NOTES: Dawgs at Red Sox

Saturday July 22, 2017

The Okotoks Dawgs (28-11) begin their two-game set against the (27-12) Regina Red Sox today, July 22. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.

TO RECAP
Following a trio of rain delays, the clouds parted long enough for the Dawgs to win their fourth straight contest, 8-2, over the Melville Millionaires. Once the rain stopped, it began on the field. Greg Cullen wasted no time crushing a 2-2 fastball for his third home run of the season -- his first at-bat after a brief pause for lightning -- before Matt Lloyd extended his hitting streak to 19 in a tremendous way. His second home run of the Saskatchewan road trip echoed throughout an empty Pirie Field, flying over 400-feet for his seventh blast of 2017. Jack Rupe put together his second straight quality outing, earning the no-decision. Rupe no-hit the Millionaires through 5.1 innings of work, striking out four.

“CATCHING” FIRE
Don’t tell the Dawgs catchers that the position is primarily a defensive role. John Hawk (.327), Joel Brophy (.308) and Cameron Campbell (.308) are all hitting over .300 while clubbing six home runs between the three. With more at-bats, the trio of catchers would be in the top 30 in the WMBL in terms of their offensive numbers

KNOW THE RED SOX
It will be a battle between first place teams in the East and West tonight when the first pitch flies at Currie Field. Regina comes into the contest riding a six-game winning streak. The Red Sox currently lead the WMBL in runs (317), hits (453), doubles (96), RBI (278), average (.310) and are second in home runs (30). Justin Erlandson is behind Lloyd when it comes to top batting average in the WMBL, hitting .385. Broderick Rodocker leads the league in RBI with 48. Defensively, Regina is second in the WMBL in ERA (3.72).

PLAYOFF TICKETS
Now that the Dawgs have clinched a playoff spot, our playoff tickets are now on sale! From July 15-21, season ticket holders will pay $135 ($15/game). Non-season ticket holders will pay $180 ($20/game). After July 21, however, all playoff packages will be $180. Individual playoff ticket sales will be available online once the playoff schedule is released. Playoff patio bookings are available, please call Angie Cox at 403 262 3294 for details.

HITTING IS CONTAGIOUS
Aderly Perez: Three-game hitting streak
Zach Hanna: Four-game hitting streak
Eddie Sanchez: Five-game hitting streak
Kody Funderburk: Five-game hitting streak [7 hits over that span, HR]
Matt Lloyd: 19-game hitting streak [35 hits over that span]

DAWG WATCH
Zach Hanna (R): 39-118, 17 R, 10 2B, 2 HR, 22 RBI, .331 AVG

Matt Lloyd: 53-127, 38 R, 13 2B, 7 HR, 32 RBI, .417 AVG [Leads WMBL in AVG]

ON DECK
The Dawgs end their two-game set with the Regina Red Sox tomorrow, July 22. First pitch is 2:05pm.

 
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