Game Information: Indianapolis Indians (58-60) vs. Rochester Red Wings (60-59)
LOCATION: Victory Field
FIRST PITCH: 7:05 p.m. ET
GAME #119 / HOME #57: Indianapolis Indians (58-60) vs. Rochester Red Wings (60-59)
PROBABLES: RHP James Marvel (3-0, 1.87) vs. LHP Lewis Thorpe (5-4, 4.68)
RADIO: FoxSportsIndy.com / Fox Sports 1260 AM / iHeart app
TV: MiLB TV / Comcast 90
SUNDAY: The Tribe offense was held to five hits by five Durham pitchers in a 4-0 loss on Sunday that gave the Bulls the series win. The shutout loss was Indy's seventh of the season. Jake Elmore (1-for-3, 1 BB) and Jason Martin (2-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K) were the only Indians to reach base multiple times in the setback. Durham scored all four of its runs in the third inning off Dario Agrazal, three coming on Nate Lowe's 14th home run of the season. Michael Perez later knocked in Daniel Robertson with a single. Dario Agrazal (L, 4-4) was charged with four runs on seven hits with five punchouts in four innings of work. Rookie Davis joined Indy on a rehab assignment and pitched three shutout innings in relief, scattering two walks and a hit with four strikeouts.
HOME GAMES ON DECK: The Indians open a seven-game homestand tonight with a three-game set vs. Rochester and four against Lehigh Valley. Fifteen of Indy's next 20 games will take place at Victory Field. The Indians are just 26-30 at home this year and are in danger of having a sub-.500 record at home for the first time since 2002 (35-38) and 2003 (35-37).
VS. THE NORTH: Indy's seven-game homestand also marks its last remaining games against IL North foes for the 2019 season; the Tribe will play their final 15 games against Toledo (8), Louisville (5) and Columbus (2). The Tribe are 13-17 against IL North opponents this year, including a 4-9 mark at Victory Field. Since becoming Pittsburgh's Triple-A affiliate in 2005, the Tribe have finished over .500 against the IL North 11 times (2005-07, 2009-13), 2015, 2017-18), under .500 twice (2008, 2016) and right at .500 once (2014).
THE OFFENSE: Indy's offense in 2018 was arguably the best in the IL, averaging 4.46 runs per game, the second-highest mark. This year, the Tribe have struggled on offense, averaging a league-low 4.50 runs per game. A look at the 2018 vs. 2019 offensive comparisons and league ranks are below:
.271 average (1st) .256 average (13th)
625 runs (2nd) 531 runs (14th)
1251 hits (1st) 1005 hits (12th)
1933 total bases (2nd) 1654 total bases (13th)
104 home runs (8th) 122 home runs (13th)
310 doubles (1st) 241 doubles (2nd)
594 RBI (2nd) 485 RBI (14th)
416 BB (9th) 385 BB (13th)
111 SB (2nd) 61 SB (T-12th)
.335 OBP (1st) .328 OBP (14th)
.418 SLG (2nd) .421 SLG (14th)
.753 OPS (1st) .748 OPS (14th)
RECORDS IN JEOPARDY: Entering play tonight, Indy's pitching staff has piled up 1,053 strikeouts through 118 games (8.92 K/game), exactly 100 strikeouts shy of tying the franchise record 1,153 set in 2013 (records for this stat go back to 1902 when the franchise was founded). The Tribe are on pace to record 1,249 punchouts this season. The Indians are also on pace to surrender a franchise record 154 home runs, which would break the franchise record of 145 HR allowed in 2005.
JUMPING AHEAD: Indy is a league-best 40-15 (.727) when scoring first and has scored first in 18 of 30 games since the break, compiling a 12-6 record.
ELMO'S WORLD: Jake Elmore is riding a seven-game hitting streak (.333, 9-for-27) entering the homestand. He has reached base safely in 11 of his last 12 games overall, is hitting a league-best .347 (100-for-288) and ranks third in on-base percentage (.412). Indy's last batting champion was Junior Noboa (.340) in 1989 and they have had just four batting titles since 1969 (also: Bernie Carbo in 1969, Gene Locklear in 1972, Dallas Williams in 1987). Elmore's .347 average for the season would be the highest single-season qualifying average by an Indy player since Williams hit .357 in 1987.
REFRESHED CRAIG: In 19 games from June 19-July 13, Will Craig hit .125 (9-for-72) with one homer, two doubles, six RBI and zero multi-hit games. In 25 games since July 14, he's hit .288 (30-for-104) with four homers, six doubles, 13 RBI, five walks, 33 strikeouts and 11 multi-hit games.
TRAYVON: In his last 10 games dating to July 25, Trayvon Robinson is hitting .324 (11-for-34) with two homers, one double, eight RBI and two runs scored. The 31-year-old journeyman's average rests at .308 for the season and has been above .300 for all but a six-day stretch (April 5-10).
@COTUCK: Cole Tucker has reached base safely in each of his last 15 games. He has tallied 15 hits, 14 walks and 15 strikeouts in that stretch. Since July 25, the Tribe have scored a run in the first inning in three of the four games where he has reached base; they have gone scoreless in the first inning 10 of the 11 times that he hasn't reached base.
J-MART: Over Jason Martin's last 13 games (hit safely in 12 of them), the left-handed swinging outfielder has hit .400 (20-for-50) with six doubles, six RBI and four runs scored. Since July 1, Martin leads the team with 13 multi-hit games and is followed by Will Craig (11).
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