Iowa Cubs (5-2) vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers (3-4)
Saturday, April 13 • 4:38 p.m. DH • Principal Park
RHP Matt Swarmer (1-0, 5.40) vs. RHP Tony Gonsolin (0-1, 6.75)
RHP Colin Rea (0-0, 5.79) vs. RHP Daniel Corcino (0-0, 3.60)
TONIGHT'S GAMES: Iowa and Oklahoma City clash for a double-header in the two team's first meeting of the season tonight. The I-Cubs and Dodgers played three twin bills against each other in 2018, with each team sweeping one date and splitting the third.
FACES IN THE CROWD: The Dodgers' roster features former I-Cubs RHP Justin Grimm and LHP Rob Zastryzny. Both were on 2016 playoff rosters for the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Grimm appeared in 20 games across four seasons with Iowa (2013, 15-17) and Zastryzny played in 62 games over three seasons (2016-18). For the Dodgers, INF Jake Peter -- a Mason City native -- returns to his home state to face the I-Cubs.
ABOUT THURSDAY: After New Orleans tied the ballgame in the ninth inning, Iowa came back and won the contest on a Dixon Machado walk-off homer. It was the first walk-off bomb for an I-Cub since John Andreoli broke up Angel Ventrua's perfect game for Colorado Springs with a walk-off homer in the seventh inning of game one of a double-header on Aug. 17, 2017 at Principal Park.
ON THE BUMP: RHP Matt Swarmer and RHP Colin Rea make their Principal Park debuts tonight starting Game 1 and Game 2, respectively. Rea is a Cascade, Iowa native.
AGAINST OKLAHOMA CITY: Iowa went 5-11 against Oklahoma City in 2018 and 4-4 at Principal Park. In four games against the Dodgers last season, Dillon Maples struck out eight without surrendering a single hit in four appearances.
ROSTER ROTATION: Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs recalled C Taylor Davis after C Victor Caratini was placed on the Injured List with a broken hand. The Iowa Cubs added C Erick Castillo to the roster to fill the active spot. Castillo debuted for the I-Cubs at the end of 2018, going 1-for-7 in two games.
FINDING THE GAPS: Johnny Field clubbed his league-leading third triple of the season Thursday. Prior to 2019, the outfielder hadn't punched a triple since June 17, 2017 and has not had more than three triples in a season since collecting six between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham in 2016.
POWER SURGE: Trent Giambrone continued his hot start to the year with six of his seven hits going for extra bases. He has six RBI and leads the team with four doubles and two home runs. His four doubles are tied for the second-most in the PCL, trailing only Tacoma's Braden Bishop with five.
SHORT HOPS: Dixon Machado went 3-4 with a walk-off home run for the I-Cubs against the Baby Cakes, his former organization, Thursday afternoon...Of 32 runs allowed this season, Iowa has given up five in the first inning and four in the ninth.
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