Game Information: Indianapolis Indians (60-60) vs. Rochester Red Wings (60-61)
LOCATION: Victory Field
FIRST PITCH: 7:05 p.m. ET
GAME #121 / HOME #59: Indianapolis Indians (60-60) vs. Rochester Red Wings (60-61)
PROBABLES: RHP Alex McRae (7-6, 4.81) vs. LHP Charlie Barnes (0-0, 8.31)
RADIO: FoxSportsIndy.com / Fox Sports 1260 / iHeart app
TV: MiLB TV / Comcast 90
YESTERDAY: The Indians led 1-0 two batters into the first inning and never looked back in a 5-3 win over Rochester on Wednesday. Cole Tucker singled and advanced to third on a stolen base/throwing error before scoring on a Jason Martin groundout. Christian Kelley extended the lead to 3-0 with a two-out, two-run double to the right field wall in the second. Indy's advantage swelled to 5-0 in the fourth on a Trayvon Robinson solo shot and three singles by Eric Wood, Hunter Owen and Tucker. Rochester scored its only run off Brandon Waddell in the sixth and cut its deficit to two in the ninth on Zander Wiel's 21st home run of the season. Waddell (W, 2-5) held the IL's top offense to four hits with six strikeouts over six frames. Rochester fell to 2-31 in games scoring three runs or less.
QUALITY CONTROL: Brandon Waddell followed James Marvel's six-inning, one-run performance from Tuesday night with six innings of one-run ball yesterday, giving the Indians consecutive quality starts for a ninth time this season. The quality starts thrown by Marvel and Waddell are the only two recorded by Tribe starters in 12 games this month; Indy had five in April, 14 in May, nine in June and 10 in July. The Tribe are 32-8 when their starter tosses a QS, including six straight wins and victories in 10 of their last 11 games with a QS overall. Indy hasn't had three consecutive games with a QS since a four-game stretch from July 18-21, tied for their longest QS stretch of the season (also: May 9-14).
FEELING SWEEPY: The Indians seek their seventh sweep of the season this evening; they are 6-4 in games where they have a chance to sweep. Four of their previous six sweeps have been two-game sets (April 9-10 at TOL, May 10-11 at LHV, June 24-25 vs. LOU, July 31-Aug. 1 at TOL) and the other two have been three-gamers (April 15-17 vs. TOL, May 21-23 at LOU). Five of Indy's six sweeps this season have come IL West opponents, Louisville (2x) and Toledo (3x), and only two of the sweeps have come at Victory Field.
ROC THE RED WINGS: Since 1988, the Tribe have swept the Red Wings four times, three coming at Frontier Field (4-0 in 2013, 3-0 in 2015, 3-0 in 2018). Indy's only home sweep over the Red Wings in that same period was a four-game sweep at Victory Field in 1999. Since '88, the Indians are 8-10-7 (W-L-S) in season series vs. ROC but have had greater success since 2005, when they became Pittsburgh's Triple-A affiliate, going 6-2-6 (W-L-S) in season sets vs. the Red Wings. With yesterday's win, Indy guaranteed a season series split at the minimum, extending its run of being at or above .500 vs. ROC for a fifth straight year.
THE VIC: The Indians are 28-30 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 began the season 6-1 at home and were seven games over .500 at home on May 31 (17-10), but they've gone 11-20 in their last 31 home games.
VS. THE NORTH: The Tribe are 15-17 against IL North opponents this year -- including a 6-9 mark at Victory Field -- with five 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).
ELMO'S WORLD: Jake Elmore is riding a nine-game hitting streak (.343, 12-for-35) after going 2-for-4 with a run scored yesterday. He has reached base safely in 13 of his last 14 games overall, is hitting a league-best .348 (103-for-296) and ranks third in on-base percentage (.411). 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 .348 average for the season would be the highest single-season qualifying average by an Indy player since Williams hit .357 in 1987.
TRAYVON: In 11 games since July 25 (Indy has played 19 games since that date), Trayvon Robinson is hitting .324 (12-for-37) with three homers, one double, nine RBI and three runs scored. The 31-year-old's average rests at .308 for the season and has been above .300 for all but a six-day stretch (April 5-10). He has hit safely in three straight and five of his last six overall.
J-MART IS WARM: Over Jason Martin's last 15 games (hit safely in 13 of them), the Tribe outfielder has hit .362 (21-for-58) with one triple, six doubles, 10 RBI and five runs scored. He is batting .313 (40-for-128) with three homers, one triple, nine doubles and 21 RBI in 35 games since the beginning of July.
HE HITS HOMERS: UTIL Eric Wood ripped his 36th career home run with the Tribe Tuesday 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.
CLOSING TIME: RHP Dovydas Neverauskas converted his ninth save in 10 chances this season Tuesday 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.
RECORDS IN JEOPARDY: Indy's pitching staff has piled up 1,065 strikeouts through 120 games (8.88 K/game), 88 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 1,243 punchouts this season. The Indians are also on pace to surrender a franchise record 154 home runs, which would break the current record of 145 HR allowed in 2005.
GET ON TOP: Indy is a league-best 42-15 (.737) when scoring first and has scored first in 20 of 32 games since the break, compiling a 14-6 record.
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