Indianapolis and Lehigh Valley play the rubber match of a three-game series tonight at Victory Field. The Indians are looking to bounce back after being shut out for a fifth time this season last night.
Location: Victory Field
First Pitch: 7:05 p.m. ET
Game #52/Home #29: Indianapolis Indians (28-23) vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs (36-16)
Probables: LHP Steven Brault (2-3, 2.48) vs. LHP Cesar Ramos (4-1, 1.91)
Radio: Fox Sports 97.5 and AM 1260
TV: MiLB TV and Comcast channel 90
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- Cameron Perkins CF
- J.P. Crawford SS
- Jorge Alfaro C
- Dylan Cozens RF
- Rhys Hoskins 1B
- Nick Williams LF
- Hector Gomez 3B
- Pedro Florimon 2B
- Cesar Ramos P
THANK YOU, MAY: After a 7-15 April, the Indians posted a 21-8 record in the month of May, their first 21-win month since Aug. 1998, when they went 21-7. That year, the Tribe also went 21-9 in the month of June. The Tribe entered play on May 6 in fourth place in the IL West, five games back of Toledo. Entering play tonight, Indy has a 5.5-game lead in its division.
HE CAN SWING IT, TOO: Brault dualed as a pitcher and center fielder at Regis University (Denver, Colo.) for three seasons. He became the first student-athlete in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball history to be named first-team All-RMAC at two positions. As a professional, Brault is a lifetime .364 batter (12-for-33) with one double and two RBI. Last year, he went 3-for-9 with Indy and 2-for-8 while with Pittsburgh. In 2015, he clubbed seven hits in 16 at-bats, good for a .438 average.
IN A PINCH: Last night, both Joey Terdoslavich and Barrett Barnes recorded knocks in pinch-hit situations. So far this season, Indians batters have combined to bat .429 (3-for-7) in limited pinch-hit duties.
CAST YOUR VOTES: The IL released the top vote leaders for the 2017 Triple-A All-Star Game, and Indy was well-represented at every position with a player in the top four at each spot. Max Moroff (SS) and Christopher Bostick (OF) led their respective positions, while Elias Diaz (C), Jason Rogers (1B), Joey Terdoslavich (DH) and Tyler Eppler (SP) were second in their respective categories. Erich Weiss (2B), Eric Wood (3B), Austin Meadows (OF) and Edgar Santana (RP) came in fourth at their positions, and Steven Brault was sixth among starting pitchers. Dovydas Neverauskas (RP – No. 7), Pat Light (RP – No. 8) and Eury Perez (OF – No. 9) also ranked among the top 10.