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Game Information: Indianapolis Indians (48-48) vs. Durham Bulls (58-40)

July 19, 2019 - International League (IL) - Indianapolis Indians News Release

The Tribe take on the Durham Bulls tonight to kick off a three-game set.

LOCATION: Victory Field

FIRST PITCH: 7:15 p.m. ET

GAME #97 / HOME #49: Indianapolis Indians (48-48) vs. Durham Bulls (58-40)

PROBABLES: RHP Alex McRae (6-6, 5.03) vs. LHP Anthony Banda (0-0, 3.00)

RADIO: Fox Sports 97.5 / AM 1260 / iHeart app

TV: MiLB TV / Comcast 90

LAST NIGHT: The Indians snapped a five-game home losing streak in a big way on Thursday night, burying the Mets 9-1 to salvage the series finale. James Marvel tossed six innings and allowed just one hit, one walk and two hit batters while tying a career high with nine strikeouts. Keone Kela, Jake Brentz and Geoff Hartlieb finished off the one-hitter, just the third thrown at Victory Field since it opened in July 1996. Christian Kelley gave Indy its first lead of the four-game set with a leadoff homer in the third, and Kevin Kramer doubled the lead on a sacrifice fly. The Tribe scored four more times in the frame to go up 6-0, the last two coming in on Hunter Owen's first career Triple-A homer. Kramer pushed the Indy lead to 7-0 with a run-scoring single in the fourth, and two wild pitches allowed Jake Elmore to race home after he had doubled in the sixth. Syracuse got its only run in the eighth on four straight two-out walks by Jake Brentz, but Will Craig pounded an RBI single in the bottom half to get the run back.

NOT HOW YOU START, IT'S HOW YOU FINISH: Indy avoided its fourth ever four-game sweep at the hands of Syracuse by taking the series finale last night in convincing fashion. The Mets scored 40 runs on 47 hits (11 home runs) through the first three games of the series before James Marvel and a trio of relievers combined on a one-hitter yesterday, the first since July 29, 2018 when the Indians were the visiting team in Game 2 of a doubleheader vs. Buffalo at Victory Field. The only other one-hitter thrown at Victory Field by Indy came on Aug. 23, 1997 vs. Louisville, when Steve Parris went the distance (9.0ip, 1h, 0r, 3bb, 11k).

BIG GAME JAMES: RHP James Marvel has brought his A-game in three starts for the Tribe, going 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA (5er/17.2ip). He has yet to allow a run in two home starts (13.0ip). Only seven of the 43 batters he has faced at home have reached base safely (4 hits, 2 hbp, 1bb). Marvel was dominant with Double-A Altoona before his promotion to Indy; he went 9-5 with a 3.16 ERA in 16 starts for the Curve.

SAME 'OL ELMORE: UTIL Jake Elmore is batting .358 (82-for-229) with four homers, 22 doubles and 23 RBI in 68 games for Indy. The 32-year-old journeyman has also enjoyed the friendly confines of Victory Field, hitting .396 (42-for-106) with a .982 OPS in 34 home games. Elmore hit .390 in April, .382 in May and .297 in June. This month, his average rests at .370 through 15 games.

RIGHT AT HOME: UTIL Hunter Owen belted his first career Triple-A home run to cap last night's six-run third inning. He tagged 15 homers and 15 doubles with 44 RBI in 67 games for Altoona before his late-June promotion. Owen is the eighth Indiana State University product to suit up for the Indians and the first since Nevin Ashley and Clint Barmes in 2014. He is also the 15th native Hoosier (born in Evansville, Ind.) to play for the Tribe since Victory Field opened in 1996.

LONG TIME NO SEE: The Indians welcome the Durham Bulls to the Circle City for a three-game weekend series, marking their first series with one another since June 22-24, 2018. Durham took 2 of 3 in that series and is 5-0-1 (W-L-S) in its last six series against Indianapolis. The Tribe have not beaten the Bulls in a series since the 2016 campaign, when they took 2 of 3 at both Victory Field and the DBAP.

VIC TROUBLES: Despite last night's victory, the Tribe are 3-8 in their last 11 home games and 6-15 in their last 21. Indy was a season-best seven games over .500 (17-10) at The Vic following a May 31 victory over Gwinnett. Indy is also just 4-9 against IL North opponents at VF this year with two home series vs. IL North teams remaining (Aug. 13-15 vs. ROC; Aug. 16-18 vs. LHV).

GOOD GEOFF: Geoff Hartlieb threw a season-high 2.2 innings Monday night and struck out four. He followed that up with a 1.1-inning, three-strikeout performance last night to close out the 9-1 victory. His Monday outing was his fourth of the season with four strikeouts (also: May 9 at Scranton/WB, June 1 vs. Milwaukee, July 12 at Columbus). He has seven appearances this year with 2.0 or more innings pitched and no runs allowed and is riding an 8.1-inning scoreless streak (July 7-18) entering the series vs. Durham.

POWER HITTER: 1B Will Craig hit seven home runs in April and eight in May before slugging just one in June. His home run Tuesday night was his second of the month (also: July 1 at LOU) to make him the first Tribe player to hit 18 homers in a season since Andrew Lambo belted 18 in 2013. Craig's next long ball will give him the second-highest, single-season total for a Tribe player since 2006, trailing only Brandon Moss (22 in 2010). Craig is two dingers away from matching his career high of 20 set last year with Double-A Altoona.

RBI MACHINE: Craig drove in his fourth run of the series with an RBI knock in the eighth inning last night, lifting his season total to a team-high 55. Craig is on pace for 80 RBI, which would be the most by a Tribe player since Brandon Moss had a league-leading 96 RBI in 2010.

YOUNG HAYES: 3B Ke'Bryan Hayes has hit safely in six of seven games out of the All-Star break and 10 of his last 12 games overall, batting .333 (16-for-48) with three homers, two doubles, six RBI and 11 runs scored during the 12-game stretch.

NEVER AGAIN: RHP Dovydas Neverauskas was charged with seven earned runs on seven hits and one walk in 2.0 innings Wednesday, the most runs he's ever allowed in a relief appearance and tied for the second most he's surrendered in his career (also: Aug. 5, 2014 with Single-A West Virginia vs. Hagerstown, 7er in 2.1ip).

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