Game Information: Indianapolis Indians (32-29) vs. Toledo Mud Hens (39-23)
Indy and Toledo continue their four-game set at Victory Field tonight with game two of the series. The Mud Hens pitching platoon silenced Indians batters to the tune of three hits Monday night, downing the Tribe, 4-0.
Location: Victory Field
First Pitch: 7:05 p.m. ET
Game #62 / Home #31: Indianapolis Indians (32-29) vs. Toledo Mud Hens (39-23)
Probables: RHP J.T. Brubaker (3-2, 3.09) vs. RHP Kyle Dowdy (2-2, 4.38)
Radio: Fox Sports 97.5 / AM 1260 / iHeart app
TV: MiLB TV / Comcast 90
From the Notes
ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Tribe dropped their first of four home games against Toledo in a 4-0 shutout loss Monday night at Victory Field. In his first start of the season for the Mud Hens, Jacob Turner tossed three innings of one-hit ball. Turner combined with four other bullpen arms to allow a mere three Indy hits in the contest. Red hot Ronny Rodriguez took the first pitch of the ball game off the left field wall for a triple and scored three at-bats later on an infield single by Jim Adduci. Toledo opened the third with back-to-back singles and notched another run when Dawel Lugo sent a hard liner up the middle. In the sixth, Johnny Hellweg replaced starter Alex McRae. Hellweg allowed an inherited runner to score on his third pitch as Mikie Mahtook beat out a double play, and the Mud Hens' fourth and final run came courtesy of a Hellweg balk that plated Mahtook. The loss is Indy's second straight and McRae's team-high sixth this season.
TOLEDO, A TOUGH OUT: Through seven games against Toledo in 2018, the Indians are 3-4 with a -9 run differential (35 runs scored, 44 runs against). The worst loss for Indy against their division rival came in a 13-3 drubbing in the first meeting of the year. Last season, Indy compiled the same record through seven games, but escaped with a -1 run differential (29 runs scored, 30 runs against). Indy lost just four games at home against the Mud Hens in 2017, two of which came in the season-opening four-game set with Toledo at Victory Field. Since the start of last season, the Tribe and Hens have each won 16 games against the other.
TAKING ON THE TOP DOGS: Indy has played 10 games this season against teams currently leading their respective division. So far, the Indians own a 4-6 record against them - 3-4 against Toledo and 1-2 against Durham. Their run differential in their bouts with division-leading squads is -14 (54 runs scored, 68 runs against). Indy has yet to square off against Lehigh Valley, who leads the IL North division, and won't see the IronPigs until August 7. Including the current Toledo series, the Tribe is scheduled for 27 more games against teams currently atop the three IL divisions.
OS-WHO-NA'S ON FIRST: Monday night, Jose Osuna made his first start of the season at first base with Indy, a position he has become familiar with throughout his career. In his time with Pittsburgh this season, he made a pair of starts at first, and overall, the slugger has made 419 starts at the position. Just last year, he made a total of 29 starts at first between Indy and Pittsburgh. Osuna committed 41 errors in 3,872 total chances entering this season, his ninth as a pro, good for a .989 fielding percentage as a first baseman.
McRAE IS A FIGHTER: Alex McRae now leads the Indians with six losses, having given up 34 earned runs in his 61.1 innings. However, he does hold another team-high mark in quality starts, of which he and Tyler Eppler each own four. McRae is 1-1 when registering a quality start. The righty also ties Eppler for the most starts lasting six-plus innings, boasting five such outings out of his 12 total starts. McRae is one of two pitchers on the Indians to venture a full seven innings in a start, joining Clay Holmes. With his win against Durham on May 20, he notched his first triumph of the year and became the first Tribe pitcher to last seven full innings. He currently ranks second on the team in innings pitched and third in strikeouts with 56.
FRAZIER THE PHENOMENAL: Adam Frazier returned to Indy Monday night, starting his first game in a Tribe uniform in over a year. He notched one of the club's three hits on the evening and stole second base in the sixth inning. The stolen base marks his first with Indy since May 10 of last season, and his first against Toledo since June 5, 2016. That season he finished second on the team with 17 steals, still far behind Alen Hanson's team-leading 36. Frazier has also hit safely in each of his last nine games with the Indians, dating back to June 19, 2016. Since that season, his first with the Tribe, Frazier has gone hitless in back-to-back games just twice - each occurring in May of 2016.
EARLY RUNS: Despite allowing one run in the opening frame last night, the first inning has been kind to the Indians over their last 50 games. Through Indy's first 11 games of the season, the Tribe were outscored by their opponents 19-2 in the first inning; since then, Indy has outscored its opponent by a whopping 30 runs (43-13) in the opening frame.
DYNAMIC DUO: Johnny Hellweg and Tanner Anderson have been simply magnificent out of the Tribe bullpen this season. Since April 7, the right-handed throwing duo is a combined 2-0 with 10 holds, nine saves, a 0.49 ERA (3 ER/54.2 IP) and 1.00 WHIP. They have allowed just 42 hits and 14 walks since that date, fanning 46 along the way.
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