Game Information: Indianapolis Indians (60-63) vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs (59-63)
LOCATION: Victory Field
FIRST PITCH: 7:05 p.m. ET
GAMES #124 / HOME #62: Indianapolis Indians (60-63) vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs (59-63)
PROBABLES: RHP Yefry Ramirez (2-4, 4.41) vs. RHP Ramon Rosso (1-2, 4.91)
RADIO: FoxSportsIndy.com / Fox Sports 1260 / iHeart app
TV: MiLB TV / Comcast 90
LAST NIGHT: The Indians dropped both ends of a doubleheader on Friday night to the IronPigs, 8-4 in an eight-inning opener and 7-2 in the second contest. Lehigh Valley scored two in the first inning of game one but the Tribe responded with four runs in the home half, two coming on a Will Craig double and single runs scoring on a Trayvon Robinson two-bagger and Eric Wood base hit. The visitors pulled even in the third and the score remained 4-4 until the eighth, when Lehigh Valley scored four times off Dovydas Neverauskas (L, 3-3). The IronPigs carried that momentum to game two and grabbed a 6-0 lead three innings in against Cody Ponce. They scored two in the second and four in the third, a frame that was highlighted by back-to-back-to-back home runs by Deivy Grullon, Andrew Romine and Austin Listi. The Indians chipped away with two runs in the fifth thanks to a Jake Elmore RBI double and ensuing RBI single from Mitchell Tolman. Jose Pirela belted a solo shot in the sixth. Indy combined to leave 17 runners on base and went 5-for-23 with RISP in the twin bill.
SIX-MAN ROTATION: With last night's doubleheader in effect, the Tribe were forced to implement a six-man rotation for the homestand. They started James Marvel, Brandon Waddell and Alex McRae against Rochester and have followed that with Dario Agrazal, Cody Ponce and tonight's starter, Yefry Ramirez. It is unknown if the Indians will roll with a six-man rotation through the end of the regular season.
REALITY SETTING IN: The Indians saw their elimination number shrink by three last night, with Columbus' magic number going from 11 to 8. The number will shrink by one with every Indians loss and each Clippers win. Indy is in danger of missing the postseason for a second straight campaign, which would be the first time that's happened since a five-year drought from 2007-11. From 2012-17, the Indians reached the Governors' Cup playoffs four times.
HOME WOES: The Indians are 28-32 at home this year and are in danger of having a sub-.500 record 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 11-22 in their last 33 home games. With 10 home games remaining, the Tribe would need to go 7-3 to reach a .500 home record.
IT'S AN IL WEST THING: Indy isn't alone in the IL West when it comes to having a losing record at home. Division-leading Columbus is 29-33 at Huntington Park, Toledo is 28-34 at Fifth Third Field and Louisville is 25-36 at Louisville Slugger Field. Only Pawtucket (22-37) and Norfolk (28-33), both in last place in their respective divisions, have losing home records outside of the quartet of IL West teams.
VS. THE NORTH: The Tribe are 15-20 against IL North opponents this year -- including a 6-11 mark at Victory Field -- with two 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), right at .500 once (2014) and under .500 three times now, with the 2019 campaign joining 2008 and 2016.
MIGHTY JAKE: Jake Elmore saw his 10-game hitting streak (.359, 14-for-39) come to an end after going 0-for-4 in game one last night. He bounced back to go 1-for-3 with his 30th double, a walk and run scored in game two. The 10-game hitting streak was one short of his season high, an 11-gamer that spanned the All-Star break from July 7-23. Elmore has reached base safely in 15 of his last 17 games overall, is hitting a league-best .345 (106-for-307) and ranks third in OBP (.409). 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 .345 average for the season would be the highest single-season qualifying average by an Indy player since Williams hit .357 in 1987.
WOODY, T-ROB: Trayvon Robinson (1-for-3, 1-for-2) and Eric Wood (2-for-4, 1-for-3) were the only two Indians to hit safely in both games of last night's DH. In 14 games since July 25, Robinson is hitting .341 (16-for-46) with three homers, two doubles, 10 RBI and four runs scored. The 31-year-old's average rests at .314 and has been above .300 for all but a six-day stretch (April 5-10). He has hit safely in six straight and eight of his last nine overall.
MARTIN MAN: Over Jason Martin's last 18 games (hit safely in 15 of them), the Tribe outfielder has hit .343 (23-for-67) with one triple, six doubles, 10 RBI and six runs scored. He is batting .307 (42-for-137) with three homers, one triple, nine doubles and 21 RBI in 38 games since the beginning of July.
GOOD WOOD: 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.
RECORDS IN JEOPARDY: Indy's pitching staff has piled up 1,092 strikeouts through 123 games (8.88 K/game), 61 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 156 home runs, which would break the current record of 145 HR allowed in 2005.
GRAB THE LEAD: Indy is a league-best 42-15 (.737) when scoring first and has scored first in 20 of 35 games since the break, compiling a 14-6 record.
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