Game Information: Indianapolis Indians (19-17) at Norfolk Tides (20-16)
The Indians close out their three-game series in Norfolk this afternoon. Indy's comeback bid fell short last night as the Tides walked off in the ninth, earning a 4-3 victory.
Location: Harbor Park
First Pitch: 12:05 p.m. ET
Game #37 / Road #18: Indianapolis Indians (19-17) @ Norfolk Tides (20-16)
Probables: RHP Clay Holmes (1-2, 5.33) vs. RHP Jimmy Yacabonis (0-1, 4.95)
Radio/TV: FoxSports975.com / iHeart app / MiLB TV
From the Notes
ABOUT LAST NIGHT: After eight full innings, the Indians trailed 3-0. A Renato Nunez double scored a pair for Norfolk in the third inning before Jaycob Brugman slapped an RBI single in the fourth to build the lead. In the top of the ninth, Kevin Newman and Austin Meadows both reached via base hits, setting the stage for a monster blast from Jordan Luplow that tied the game, 3-3. Luplow notched his club's only extra-base hit of evening with the ninth inning homer. The Tribe's hopes didn't last long into the bottom of the frame, though. With one out, Nunez answered the bell with a single to drive in Brugman for the game-winning RBI. Despite the late fight, the loss marks the first one of walk-off variety for Indy this season.
KEEP IT UP, KEVIN: Kevin Newman extended his season-high hit streak to seven games with another multi-hit performance last night. By adding two more hits, the infielder has now accumulated 16 over his last six games, six more than any other player in the International League, and his 42 total hits this season ranks second in the league. He also extends his streak of multiple hits in a game to six games, a career high for the 24-year-old. Through 14 games in May, Newman has notched a hit in 13 games and raised his batting average nearly 90 points (.234 on April 30, .321 after May 16). Not to mention he's already surpassed his hit total from last month (18 in April, 24 in May) and recorded a 1.075 OPS midway through this month.
ALL IN THE INFIELD: The regular infielders for Indy (Erich Weiss, Kevin Kramer, Kevin Newman and Pablo Reyes), current leaders in innings at each infield position, combine to lead the league in both hits and average this season. The four have totaled 117 hits to this point in the season, matching only Durham's primary infielders for the best mark in the IL. Led by Newman's .321 average and Reyes' clip of .318, the Tribe pace the league with a .288 average among infield groups. Defensively, they have put up a .980 fielding percentage between the four of them.
THE GRASS IS GREENER: On a similar note, the primary outfielders (Christopher Bostick, Austin Meadows and Jordan Luplow) have also main-tained their strong play as of late. Bostick boasts a .307 batting average that places him seventh in the league in that category and has batted from every spot in the lineup but cleanup. Meadows leads the team in steals with eight and leads all Indy outfielders in putouts by racking up 60 so far. With a homer that almost made him last night's hero, Luplow took the team lead for dingers with four. He has also produced four outfield assists that puts him in a four-way tie for the league lead among outfieders. Each of them has also knocked at least 10 hits for extra bases, led by Bostick with 13 (nine doubles, three triples, one home run).
THREE'S COMPANY: Jordan Luplow's homer vaulted him to another three-plus RBI performance, his second of the season. Overall, seven Tribe players have combined to produce 11 three-plus RBI efforts this year. Four of those efforts have come over the last three games; one each from Meadows (3 RBI on May 13), Wood (3 RBI on May 13), Wyatt Mathisen (3 RBI on May 15) and Luplow (3 RBI on May 16). May 13 is one of two instances where multiple Indians drove in three or more RBI, joining the 17-5 rout of Columbus on April 27 where Meadows, Kramer and Jose Osuna each knocked home three.
TANGLING UP THE TIDES: The Indians have won or split their series at Norfolk in six of the last seven years, the only setback being a 2-0 sweep for the Tides at Harbor Park in 2016. Indy swept Norfolk at Harbor Park in 2013 (4-0), 2015 (3-0) and 2017 (3-0). The Indians are 54-48-1 (.529) in Norfolk since 1988 and 51-42-1 (.548) all-time at Harbor Park.
TIP-TOP TRIBE: The Indians lead the IL in average (.277), doubles (94) and triples (13) and are second in slugging percentage (.424). The Tribe also rank second in fewest strikeouts (257) and OBP (.335), third overall in stolen bases (28) and fourth in runs scored (161 - 4.47 runs per game).
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