Game Information: Indianapolis Indians (36-31) at Buffalo Bisons (32-35)
The Indians open a six-game road trip tonight in Buffalo.
Location: Sahlen Field
First Pitch: 7:05 p.m. ET
Game #68 / Road #33: Indianapolis Indians (36-31) at Buffalo Bisons (32-35)
Probables: LHP Cam Vieaux (1-0, 4.50) vs. RHP Sean Reid-Foley (3-3, 6.02)
Radio: Fox Sports 97.5 / AM 1260 / iHeart app
TV: MiLB TV
SUNDAY: The Tribe snapped a four-game skid with a 5-3 win in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader, but they were blanked 8-0 by Pawtucket in the nightcap to suffer another series loss and 1-5 homestand. Alex McRae pitched the Indians to victory in the opener with 6.0 innings of three-run ball. Montana DuRapau (S, 4) tossed a scoreless seventh for the save. Jake Elmore led the way with a 3-for-4 performance, scoring a pair of runs from the No. 2 spot in the order. Logan Hill also recorded his first Triple-A hit, a solo blast that sailed 441 feet into the trees beyond the center field wall. The second game was all PawSox. They pulled away late with seven runs over the last two innings to hand Indy its fourth shutout loss of the season.
VOTE FOR JAKE: Utilityman Jake Elmore tied for eighth among IL leaders in batting average last year, hitting .289 (95-for-329) in 100 games with Charlotte. This year with Indy, the veteran has slashed .366/.423/.528 and leads the lead in batting. He also ranks among IL leaders in lowest strikeout rate (2nd, 11.0%), line drive rate (3rd, 30.3%), OBP (4th), BABIP (5th, .397), wRC+ (T-7th, 142) and OPS (8th, .951). The latest IL All-Star fan voting update had Elmore third among all IL outfielders.
MR. CONSISTENT: Elmore is the only Tribe player to own an average over .300 through each month this season. He hit .390 (30-for-77) in 21 games in April, .382 (13-for-34) over 12 games in May and is batting .320 (16-for-50) through 15 games this June.
DOWN BUT NOT OUT: Elmore is batting an astounding .327 (17-for-52) when behind in the count. He ranks third among IL players with 50-plus plate appearances in that situation, trailing only Syracuse's Luis Guillorme (.340, 17-for-50) and Rochester's Nicky Gordon (.339, 19-for-56).
0-2, NO PROBLEM: As a team, the Indians are batting .188 (38-for-202) with two homers, three triples and seven doubles when down in the count 0-2. Indy's .188 average is the second-highest mark in the league in that category behind only Rochester (.193, 44-for-228).
RISP-Y BUSINESS: Over the last 10 games, hitting with RISP has been troublesome for Indy's offense. Indy is batting just .167 (14-for-84) during the stretch. On the season, Indy is batting .252 (160-for-634) with RISP, tied with Syracuse for second worst in the IL, ahead of only Gwinnett (.248).
MR. CLUTCH: Kevin Kramer is batting .367 (11-for-30) with one homer, four doubles and 15 RBI with RISP & 2 outs this season. Kramer owns the highest average among IL players with at least 30 at-bats in that situation.
BIRTHDAY BOY: Tribe outfielder/relief pitcher JB Shuck is celebrating his 32nd birthday today, making him and Elmore the elder statesmen on Indianapolis' active roster. Elmore turned 32 this past Saturday. Shuck has had a strong showing for Indy thus far, batting .319 (22-for-69) with two homers, one triple, eight doubles and nine RBI in 23 games. He has eight walks against six strikeouts and owns a .940 OPS, well above the .595 OPS he compiled in 27 games for Pittsburgh to begin the season.
MORE THAN A HOME RUN HITTER: Will Craig leads the Indians with 15 home runs, but he hasn't hit one since May 28. The 18-game homerless drought is his longest of the season, and he's totaled just three RBI during the stretch. Despite the power outage and low RBI total, Craig has still managed to hit safely in 15 of the 18 contests, batting .288 (19-for-66) with five doubles and six runs scored.
JUNE SWOON: The Indians went 16-4 from May 9-31 and won six consecutive series during that stretch. Since the calendar flipped to June, Indy is just 5-11 and has dropped three straight series and four of its last five overall. Fortunately for the Tribe, Gwinnett (6-8) and Charlotte (7-9) have struggled in June as well, leaving the Tribe just a half game back of the Stripers in the IL Wild Card.
SHOW ON THE ROAD: Since the move from Bush Stadium to Victory Field in July 1996, the Tribe have only had two seasons where they've finished with a better road record than at home. The first occurrence was during Indy's last Governors' Cup championship season in 2000, when the Indians went 43-29 on the road and 38-34 at The Vic. It also happened in 2011, with the Tribe going 39-33 on the road and 37-35 at Victory Field.
CENTURY MARK: RHP Dovydas Neverauskas was optioned by Pittsburgh on June 15 and was activated on Indy's roster before the road trip opener, marking the 101st transaction for the Tribe in 2019. The Tribe had their 100th transaction this year on June 16; transaction No. 100 in 2018 didn't occur until July 14.
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