Game Information: Indianapolis Indians (20-16) vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (18-16)
e Indians seek their sixth straight win and first series sweep in the regular season over Scranton/WB since 1999.
Location: Victory Field
First Pitch: 11:05 a.m. ET
Game #37 / Home #20: Indianapolis Indians (20-16) vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (18-16)
Probables: RHP Dario Agrazal (2-0, 1.25) vs. RHP Drew Hutchison (2-2, 6.75)
Radio: FoxSports975.com / iHeart app
TV: MiLB TV / Comcast 90
YESTERDAY: e Indians secured their second straight series win with a 6-5 triumph over Scranton/WB on Wednesday. e Tribe overcame 1-0 and 3-2 deficits for their 10th comeback win of the campaign, with the offense led by Kevin Kramer (3-for-4, 2B, 3 R), Jose Osuna (2-for-3, 2 RBI, R) and Trayvon Robinson (2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI, R). Kramer's three runs scored tied a career high. Lonnie Chisenhall also recorded two hits in four trips to the plate, scoring once. Alex McRae allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits over 5.0 innings while improving to 4-2 in eight starts. Brandon Waddell (1.0ip, 0r, 1bb), Jesus Liranzo (1.2ip, 1h, 1bb, 2k) and Jake Brentz (1.1ip, 0r, 2k) combined for 4.0 shutout frames in relief to maintain the one-run lead. Osuna had the decisive knock with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the fifth that broke a 5-5 deadlock.
GOOD RESULTS WHEN MCRAE, KELLER PITCH: e Indians have won 12 of the 16 games that Mitch Keller (6-2) and Alex McRae (6-2) have combined to start this season. In 2018, the Tribe went 13-16 when those two made starts; 5-5 in Keller's 10 outings and 8-11 in McRae's starts.
ROBINSON'S DINGER: Trayvon Robinson's two-run home run in the third inning yesterday was the 99th long ball of his career in affiliated baseball (94 in the minors, 5 in the majors). It was his first dinger in affiliated ball since Sept. 7, 2015, when he homered in the top of the 15th inning for Toledo at Columbus in the regular-season finale. 1,347 days had passed between Robinson's 98th and 99th professional home runs.
KEVIN SWINGING IT: Kevin Kramer has hit safely in seven of his last 10 games while reaching base safely in nine of those 10 contests, dating back to May 3. During the 10-game stretch the California native is batting .424 (14-for-33) with three separate three-hit performances, an average that is tied for fourth in the IL. His .525 OBP since May 3 is second in the league behind only Columbus' Mark Mathias (.581).
NEW YEAR: Despite hitting .311 for the Indians in 2018, Kevin Kramer only batted .267 (64-for-240) with 29 RBI in 55 home games a year ago. He has turned it up a notch this year at Victory Field, batting .368 (14-for-38) with seven RBI through 12 games at home.
BRENTZ GETZ THE ZAVE: Jake Brentz made his second career Triple-A appearance yesterday and much like his first, none of the batters he faced reached base. Brentz inherited and stranded a baserunner in the eighth before tossing a perfect ninth with two strikeouts for his first professional save. He has struck out five of the 10 batters he has faced with the Indians thus far.
TODAY: Right-hander Dario Agrazal (2-0, 1.25), named the IL Pitcher of the Week on May 6, will make his fourth start for Indy and eighth start overall; he went 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in four starts with Double-A Altoona. He has made the three longest starts for Indy this year, 6.2 innings in his Triple-A debut, 7.0 the next and 8.0 his last time out. e RailRiders will counter with former Indian Drew Hutchison (2-2, 6.75). Hutchison was acquired by the Pirates from the Blue Jays on Aug. 1, 2016 in exchange for LHP Francisco Liriano, OF Harold Ramirez and C Reese McGuire. He went 10-10 with a 3.73 ERA (81er/195.1ip) in 35 games (32 starts) over the 2016 and '17 seasons for Indy. He has never pitched against the Tribe.
SWEEP ON THE LINE: Indianapolis is seeking its second consecutive sweep and fourth sweep of the season today against Scranton/WB. e Tribe have one three-game sweep over Toledo (April 15-17) and a pair of two-game sweeps over the Mud Hens (April 9-10) and Lehigh Valley (May 10-11). Since 1989, Indy's only sweeps over SWB came at home in 1989 (3-0) and 1991 (2-0), and on the road in 1999 (4-0). e Tribe also swept the RailRiders in the 2015 Governors' Cup semifinals, 3-0.
KE'BRYAN DOUBLES: Ke'Bryan Hayes leads the International League with 15 doubles, tied for the fourth-highest mark in all of Minor League Baseball. e Tribe are 9-3 in games where he has recorded at least one two-bagger. He has doubled in four of Indy's last six games overall.
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