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Game Information: Indianapolis Indians (56-62) vs. St. Paul Saints (61-58)

September 19, 2021 - Triple-A East League (AAA East) - Indianapolis Indians News Release

LOCATION: Victory Field


GAME #119 / Home #60: Indianapolis Indians (56-62) vs. St. Paul Saints (61-58)

PROBABLES: RHP Beau Sulser (6-7, 4.91) vs. RHP Drew Strotman (9-3, 4.71)

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LAST NIGHT: The Indians used a pair of four-run innings and never looked back in winning their second straight game over St. Paul on Saturday, 9-5. The Saints grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second on two-out RBI singles by Sherman Johnson and Drew Stankiewicz, but Hunter Owen clubbed a solo homer in the bottom half to make it 2-1. In the third inning, Diego Castillo tied the game with a sacrifice fly, and after Chris Sharpe worked a walk to load the bases, Taylor Davis drilled a three-run double down the left-field line to put Indy on top, 5-2. Damek Tomscha helped the Saints inch within one run in the fourth thanks to a run-scoring triple and balk by Keury Mella that allowed Tomscha to score, but Indianapolis' second four-run frame of the night came in the home half to extend the lead to 9-4. Michael Chavis hit a solo home run, Phillip Evans brought home Bligh Madris with a double, and Owen drove his second long ball of the night, a two-run shot to right field.

HUNTING THE LONG BALL: Hunter Owen homered in the second and fourth innings last night to push his team-leading total to 19 on the season. Over the last three minor league seasons, Owen has clubbed 18, 19 and 19 home runs, respectively. The two-homer game was the third of his career (also: 5/27/18 with High-A Bradenton vs. Jupiter; 8/6/21 with Indianapolis at Iowa). Owen, Will Craig and Cole Tucker all have a pair of two-home run games with the Indians this year while Anthony Alford also has one. Indianapolis is one of five teams in the Triple-A East to have three or more players with at least two multi-homer games this season (Omaha - 5, Rochester - 4, Durham - 3, Nashville - 3).

SINCE SEPTEMBER STARTED: Since Sept. 1, the Indians have a trio of position players on the Triple-A East offensive leaderboards. Hunter Owen's five home runs are tied for second in the league since that date, trailing only Omaha's Ryan McBroom (6). John Nogowski is tied for fifth with 11 walks and his .451 on-base percentage this month is good for seventh. Bligh Madris' .352 average (19-for-54) is also sixth best in the league.

BLIGH ON BASE: Bligh Madris went 0-for-3 with one run scored and two walks last night to extend his on-base streak to 19 games since Aug. 27. During that time frame he notched a team-high 15-game hitting streak from Aug. 28-Sept. 15, the longest of his career. Since Aug. 27, Madris is hitting .333 (23-for-69) with a .405 on-base percentage and .912 OPS. It is the second longest on-base streak by an Indians player this season, trailing Anthony Alford's 25 games from June 1-July 20. During that stretch, Alford hit .415 (34-for-82) with a .538 on-base percentage and 1.258 OPS.

I'LL TAKE NINE, YOU TAKE NINE, HE TAKES NINE: John O'Reilly made his first start last night out of 80 career minor league appearances and delivered three innings while holding the Saints to two earned runs on two hits, one walk and two strikeouts. Keury Mella was the first pitcher summoned from Indy's bullpen, and he, too, recorded nine outs. Mella gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits with four strikeouts. Cam Alldred entered in the seventh and scattered five hits with three strikeouts down the stretch to earn his first career Triple-A save and sixth overall in the minor leagues.

TAYLOR MADE: With the bases loaded, two outs and the game tied at 2-2 in the third inning, Taylor Davis roped a Bryan Sammons offering down the left field line to score Phillip Evans, Hunter Owen and Chris Sharpe. It was the fifth bases-loaded plate appearance for Davis with the Indians this year. He drew bases-loaded walks in each of the first three occurrences before popping out on the infield with the bags full earlier in the series vs. St. Paul.

MICHAEL CAN MASH: Infielder Michael Chavis continued his rehab assignment last night and went 3-for-5 with a home run, two singles and two runs scored. Three of his six home runs with the Indians have come against St. Paul. He was 1-for-6 with an infield single, run scored and two walks in his first two rehab games. Chavis was placed on the 10-day injured list on Aug. 31 (retroactive to Aug. 29) with a right elbow strain. In 17 games for the Indians prior to being recalled by Pittsburgh, he hit .246 (17-for-69) with five home runs, one of which was a two-run walk-off home run against the Saints on Aug. 10.

TODAY: After losing the first three games of the series vs. St. Paul (sixth time Indy has dropped the first three games in a series this year), the Indians have a chance to escape with a series split by winning today's 1:35 PM contest. Today's game concludes Indy's final six-game set of the regularly scheduled 2021 campaign, as it will end the season with two five-game series from Sept. 22-Oct. 3. In the Indians first season since 1960 with the St. Paul Saints as an opponent, they are 11-12 with a 4-7 record vs. the Saints in the Circle City. In 1960, St. Paul left Indianapolis with a record of 8-3. RHP Beau Sulser and RHP Drew Strotman will square off in a rematch of the series opener.

COUNTDOWN TO 200: Brian Esposito currently has a record of 195-203 (.490) in three years as manager of the Indians, which ranks 15th all time in franchise history. To reach the milestone of 200 wins, he will have to lead the team to at least a 5-6 record (.455) over the last 11 games against three teams with winning records (St. Paul, one game; Omaha, five games; Nashville, five games). Indianapolis is Esposito's fourth club of his managerial career (also: Short-Season A Jamestown, 2014; Single-A West Virginia, 2015-16; Short-Season A West Virginia, 2017), and in total he has a career record of 428-398 (.518).

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