Game Information: Indianapolis Indians (9-6) vs. Louisville Bats (8-9)
The Indians close out their 10-game homestand this afternoon with the finale of a three-game set against Louisville.
Location: Victory Field
First Pitch: 1:35 p.m. EDT
Game #16 / Home #10: Indianapolis Indians (9-6) vs. Louisville Bats (8-9)
Probables: RHP Mitch Keller (1-0, 3.86) vs. RHP Keury Mella (1-1, 7.53)
Radio: Fox Sports 97.5 / AM 1260 / iHeart app
TV: MiLB TV / Comcast 90
LAST NIGHT: The Tribe suffered a 3-1 loss in 10 innings to the Bats on Saturday night. Louisville used a Blake Trahan two-out, two-run single in the top of the 10th to seal the series win and set up an opportunity for a series sweep this afternoon. Christian Colon reached base five times (three singles, one double, one HBP) for the visitors. The Tribe struck out 22 times at the plate and only had five hits, two going as Jake Elmore doubles. Indy scored its lone run in the sixth to answer one run by Louisville in the top half. Gregory Polanco drove in Elmore from second with a double of his own to the right field wall. Rookie Davis (5.2ip, 1er, 6k) and Lucas Sims (5.2ip, 1er, 13k) dueled into the sixth inning before the contest became a battle of the bullpens.
TODAY: The Indians and Bats conclude their three-game series with a matinee affair on Easter Sunday at 1:35 p.m. The Tribe will send righty Mitch Keller (1-0, 3.86) to the bump for his team-high fourth start of the season. He will square off against right-hander Keury Mella (1-1, 7.53). The 25-year-old Mella made his Triple-A debut against Indy back on Sept. 5, 2016 and threw 7.0 innings of one-run ball. He walked one and struck out six in that game. The Tribe saw Mella once last year on Aug. 24 at Louisville Slugger Field, and he threw 2.0 shutout innings while striking out one.
SUNDAY SWEEP: For a third consecutive Sunday, the Indians are finishing a series with a sweep on the line. In their first four-game set of the season at Columbus, the Tribe avoided being swept with a four-run rally in the ninth to win 5-2. Last Sunday against Charlotte the Indians were seeking a four-game sweep of the Knights, but Dylan Cease outdueled Rookie Davis to give the visitors a 3-0 shutout. Today the Bats seek a three-game sweep over Indy. The Tribe haven't been swept in a series since dropping two games in Louisville on Aug. 24-25, 2018. Indy hasn't suffered a three-game sweep since Aug. 10-12, 2018 when Pawtucket won all three games of a set at Victory Field.
TUCKER'S BIG DEBUT: Shortstop Cole Tucker, 22, was recalled by the Pirates yesterday for his first major league call-up. The Phoenix, Ariz. native and 2014 first-round pick by Pittsburgh didn't disappoint with family and friends in attendance, belting a tiebreaking two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth off Giants left-hander Derek Holland. The game was called due to rain after a length delay, making Tucker's 431-foot blast to dead center the game-winner. He finished 1-for-3.
REYNOLDS GETS HIS KNOCK: Outfielder Bryan Reynolds, 24, had his contract selected by the Pirates yesterday and got the nod in center field, batting fifth. He struck out in his first plate appearance on three pitches but drove a single into left field his second time up for his first major league hit. Reynolds and Tucker accounted for half of Pittsburgh's four hits on the day.
ELMORE EXCELLENT: Jake Elmore started at shortstop and led off in last night's game. The 31-year-old journeyman went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a run scored. Through 13 games, the Arizona State product is batting .413 (19-for-46) with five doubles, seven RBI, six runs scored and a team-high seven multi-hit games. He ranks among IL leaders in average (2nd), OBP (4th, .451) and base hits (T-4th, 19).
FELIZ FEELIN' IT: Michael Feliz inherited a first-and-third, no-out jam in the eighth inning last night and managed to keep the Bats off the board. He struck out Nick Longhi, retired Juan Graterol on a foul popout to first and struck out Rob Refsnyder looking to end the frame. Since allowing a run in the eighth inning on April 5 at Columbus, the 25-year-old thrown 7.0 consecutive scoreless innings, surrendering five hits and three walks with 10 punchouts.
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