Game Information: Indianapolis Indians (22-17) vs. Norfolk Tides (19-21)
The Indians enter today's series finale against Norfolk having won seven of their last eight games.
Location: Victory Field
First Pitch: 1:35 p.m. ET
Game #40 / Home #23: Indianapolis Indians (22-17) vs. Norfolk Tides (19-21)
Probables: RHP Luis Escobar (0-0, 7.71) vs. LHP Luis Ysla (2-2, 5.40)
Radio: Fox Sports 97.5 / AM 1260 / iHeart app
TV: MiLB TV / Comcast 90
LAST NIGHT: Rookie Davis allowed one run over 7.0 innings, Jose Osuna clubbed his first home run of the season and the Indians dropped the Tides on Saturday night, 7-1. The Tribe offense tallied six doubles to go with Osuna's long ball, including two by Jacob Stallings. Osuna's towering blast in the first inning traveled just 322 feet, but it had a launch angle of 47 degrees and it gave the Tribe a 2-0 lead against New Albany, Ind. native Josh Rogers. Eric Wood made it 3-0 in the second with an RBI single and two innings later, Pablo Reyes followed a Stallings double with one of his own to push Indy's lead to 4-0. After the Tides made it 4-1 in the fifth, Indy tacked on three insurance runs in the eighth, two coming on a Kevin Kramer double off the left-field wall. Jake Brentz (S, 2) tossed 2.0 shutout frames with one strikeout to earn the save. Davis (W, 1-3) scattered eight hits and one walk with four punchouts in the triumph, with the outing being his longest since an 8.0-inning performance on Aug. 25, 2017 with Louisville at Toledo.
OSUNA POPS ONE: Jose Osuna cracked his first home run of the year in last night's win, lofting a belt-high heater from Josh Rogers onto the grass berm beyond the left-field wall. The long ball was the 93rd of his career -- 83 in the minors and 10 in the big leagues -- and his 17th in a Tribe uniform. He hit nine in 2018 and seven back in 2016 for Indy.
SIX DOUBLES: Pablo Reyes, Ke'Bryan Hayes, Kevin Kramer, Jason Martin and Jacob Stallings (2) combined for six doubles in last night's victory, tying a season high by the Indians this season (also: 4/12 vs. CHA, won 9-2). Hayes leads the IL in two-baggers with 16 and trails only Tacoma's Ian Miller (17) for most on the circuit. Stallings' two-double showing was the 13th game of his career with two doubles and ninth with Indy.
SPEAKING OF STALLINGS: Jacob Stallings has heated up this homestand with five hits in 10 at-bats, four going as doubles. He has also scored five runs this homestand and is batting .343 (12-for-35) with two homers, seven doubles, seven RBI and 11 runs scored in 11 games so far for Indy.
BRENTZ BREEZING: Southpaw Jake Brentz made his third career Triple-A appearance for Indy last night, throwing 2.0 shutout innings while yielding one hit with one strikeout. The base hit he surrendered to Ryan Mountcastle in the eighth was the first and only baserunner he's allowed in 5.1 innings for Indy. IL opponents are just 1-for-16 (.063) against him thus far.
TOPPING THE TIDES: Indy's 7-1 win last night gave them six consecutive wins over Norfolk dating back to May 17, 2018. Since the start of the 2017 campaign, the Tribe have won 13 of 15 matchups over the Tides, including eight of nine at Victory Field. Over the last eight years the Indians are 38-18 (.679) against Norfolk, and since becoming Pittsburgh's Triple-A affiliate in 2005, the Indians are 75-46-1 (.617) against Norfolk, including a 42-25 record (.627) in the Circle City.
TODAY: Right-hander Luis Escobar (0-0, 7.71) makes a spot start for Indy in today's series/homestand finale against lefty Luis Ysla (2-2, 5.40). The Indians have never faced Ysla. Escobar is in his first season as a full-time reliever, but he has plenty of experience as a starter, making 86 in his career - 23 last summer.
SWEEP THE LEG: The Indians are looking for their fourth sweep of the season this afternoon. Indy also swept two games at Toledo (April 9-10), three vs. Toledo (April 15-17) and another two-game set at Lehigh Valley (May 10-11).
IT'S GOTTA BE MAY: Kevin Kramer is batting .367 (18-for-49) with one homer, six doubles and 11 RBI in 15 games this May. Over 15 games in April, he hit just .211 (12-for-57) with one homer, five doubles and four RBI. Norfolk's DJ Stewart has been a monster at the plate this month; he leads the league in batting (.487), is tied for second in RBI (23) and is second in XBH (13).
LIMIT THE LONG BALL: Despite the inflation in home run totals across all of Triple-A this year, Indianapolis' pitching staff has managed to limit opponents to 33 home runs, fewest in Triple-A. Scranton/WB is second with 35 home runs allowed. The Indians have also led the IL in fewest home runs allowed in 2018 (88), 2016 (79) 2015 (63), 2013 (90), 2011 (101) and 2009 (79).
DEFENSE ON CUE: Indianapolis' defense entered last night's contest with 34 double plays turned, and they spun another three twin killers to up that total to 37 on the year. That number is second in the league behind Syracuse (39). Indy and Charlotte lead the league with a 1.17 groundout-to-airout ratio, while Tribe relievers are second in the league in that category at 1.19. Twenty-seven of those double plays induced have been by Tribe starting pitchers, second behind Syracuse (29), and eight of those have been induced by Alex McRae, tops among all IL pitchers.
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