Game Information: Indianapolis Indians (59-60) vs. Rochester Red Wings (60-60)
LOCATION: Victory Field
FIRST PITCH: 1:35 p.m. ET
GAME #120 / HOME #58: Indianapolis Indians (59-60) vs. Rochester Red Wings (60-60)
PROBABLES: LHP Brandon Waddell (1-5, 9.91) vs. RHP Griffin Jax (1-0, 6.00)
RADIO: FoxSportsIndy.com / iHeart app
TV: MiLB TV / Comcast 90
LAST NIGHT: Jason Martin broke a 1-1 tie with a two-out, three-run triple in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift Indy to a 6-3 win over Rochester on Tuesday. The three-bagger was Martin's fourth of the season, moving him into a tie with Trayvon Robinson for the team lead. After the Red Wings closed their deficit to 4-3 on a Mike Miller RBI single in the seventh and Brandon Barnes solo shot in the eighth, Hunter Owen pushed Indy's advantage back to two with a run-scoring single to center. A wild pitch by Jeremy Bleich allowed another insurance run, and Dovydas Neverauskas (S, 9) pitched a scoreless ninth for the save. James Marvel (W, 4-0) dazzled over six innings of one-run ball, scattering four hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Eric Wood belted his ninth homer of the season, a solo blast in the second inning off Lewis Thorpe.
RIGHT MAN, RIGHT TIME: Over Jason Martin's last 14 games (hit safely in 13 of them), the Tribe outfielder has hit .389 (21-for-54) with one triple, six doubles, nine RBI and five runs scored. Since July 1, Martin leads the team with 13 multi-hit games and is followed by Will Craig (11) in that category. He is batting .323 (40-for-124) with three homers, one triple, nine doubles and 20 RBI in 34 games since the beginning of July.
MARVEL-OUS, AGAIN: James Marvel stymied the IL's top offense last night, holding the Red Wings to one run and seven baserunners (four hits, three walks) in six innings pitched. The quality start was his fifth in seven Triple-A outings and lowered his ERA with the Tribe to 1.82 (8er/39.2ip). Since joining Indy on July 5, Marvel ranks among IL leaders in ERA (1st), average against (1st, .165), wins (T-3rd, 4), strikeouts (4th, 37), WHIP (4th, 1.01) and innings (4th). Marvel has won nine consecutive decisions dating to June 8 with Double-A Altoona and the Curve and Indians are a combined 12-1 in his last 13 starts combined.
ELMO'S WORLD: Jake Elmore is riding an eight-game hitting streak (.323, 10-for-31). He has reached base safely in 12 of his last 13 games overall, is hitting a league-best .346 (101-for-292) and ranks third in on-base percentage (.410). 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.
PUT ME IN COACH: In his last 10 games dating to July 25 (Indy has played 18 games since that date), 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).
36: UTIL Eric Wood ripped his 36th career home run with the Tribe last night (16 in 2017, 11 in 2018, 9 in 2019), tied for fourth most by an Indy player in the Victory Field era (1996-present). Wood is tied with Neil Walker (2007-10, 2013) for fourth and trails Steve Pearce (37, 2007-11), Matt Hague (38, 2011-14) and Guillermo Garcia (39, 1996-99) on the leaderboard.
35: RHP Cody Ponce was acquired by Pittsburgh from Milwaukee on 7/29 in exchange for RHP Jordan Lyles. Ponce, who was collegiate teammates with Tribe catcher Christian Kelley at Cal Poly Pomona, was transferred to Indy from Altoona on 8/11 and will be the 35th different player to pitch for Indy this year when he makes his Triple-A debut, tying the 2013 amount that ranks as the most players used by Indy on the bump this century.
30: RHP Dovydas Neverauskas converted his ninth save in 10 chances this season last night, marking the 30th save of his Indianapolis career (41 opportunities). Neverauskas is tied for second in the IL in saves and is joined by bullpen mate Montana DuRapau, who also has nine saves. Neverauskas led all Indy pitchers with 13 saves in 2017 and is attempting to become the eighth Tribe pitcher to lead the club in saves multiple seasons since the stat was introduced in 1969. Rawly Eastwick (1973-74), Joe Henderson (1974-76), Douglas Corbett (1978-79), Richard Grapenthin (1984-85), Scott Service (1995-97), Todd Williams (1998-99) and Tim Wood (2011-12) are the previous closers to lead Indy in saves in multiple campaigns.
NUGS, NUGS, NUGS: The Indians scored six runs last night, marking the 44th time this season where they've activated their partnership with McDonald's by scoring six runs and fans winning six free McDonald's Chicken McNuggets the following day by using the McDonald's mobile app. Indy is 30-14 when scoring six or more runs this year.
A GOOD START: The Indians are just 27-30 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). Indy's 6-3 win last night improved its record to 5-6 in homestand openers this season and snapped a four-game skid in those games. The Tribe's last homestand-opening victory before last night was a 3-1 win on June 24 vs. Lousville.
VS. THE NORTH: The Tribe are 14-17 against IL North opponents this year -- including a 5-9 mark at Victory Field -- with six games remaining. 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).
RECORDS IN JEOPARDY: Indy's pitching staff has piled up 1,057 strikeouts through 119 games (8.88 K/game), 96 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 1,244 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 41-15 (.732) when scoring first and has scored first in 19 of 31 games since the break, compiling a 13-6 record.
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