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Series Preview: Columbus Clippers vs. Indianapolis Indians, June 4-9

    Indianapolis Indians

June 3, 2024 – International League (IL)
Indianapolis Indians News Report

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians’ two-week stint at Victory Field continues with another series beginning Tuesday, June 4 against the Columbus Clippers, Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians. The six-match set, which runs through Sunday, June 9, is the sixth home series of the 2024 season for the club and is the first of three series between the two teams in 2024. Below is a preview of both teams, notable promotions, first pitches and more.

Columbus Clippers (21-35, 18.5 GB, 20th)

2023: 68-79, 17e

International League Championships: 11 (1979-81, 1987, 1991-92, 1996, 2010-11, 2015, 2019)

Manager: Andy Tracy, 4th season (233-246,.486)

Top Prospects by MLB Pipeline: INF Juan Brito (No. 6), OF George Valera (7), INF Angel Martínez (9), OF Johnathan Rodríguez (16), INF José Tena (22), RHP Andrew Walters (24), LHP Will Dion (25), OF Jhonkensy Noel (26)

Columbus’ roster is filled with eight of the Cleveland Guardians’ top 30 prospects according to MLB Pipeline, but that hasn’t translated into success on the field. The Clippers enter the series having lost nine of their last 11 games, giving them the worst record in the International League, and have yet to win a series this season. Most recently, they dropped four of six games against Lehigh Valley (May 28-June 2), Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, and five of six games at Omaha (May 21-26), Triple-A affiliate of Kansas City. Royal houses.

Jhonkensy Noel was the driving force for the Clippers at the plate, hitting 251 (48-for-191) with nine doubles, 14 home runs and 41 RBI in 50 games. He is tied for the IL lead in home runs, is third in RBI, tied for fourth in total bases (101) and tied for sixth in extra-base hits (24). José Tena also provided a spark in 54 games, hitting 286 (60-for-210) with nine doubles, eight home runs and 33 RBI.

As a team, the Clippers are fifth in the IL with 72 home runs. On the mound, Columbus’ bullpen has an ERA of 4.83, while the rotation’s ERA is 6.43. Overall, the pitching staff is third in the IL with 541 strikeouts, but has yielded a league-high 100 home runs, 22 more than Charlotte.

Indianapolis Indians (24-31, -15.0 GB, 16th)

2023: 70-78, T-12e

International Competition Championships: 1963, 2000

Manager: Miguel Perez, 3rd season (168-184,.477)

Top Prospects by MLB Pipeline: N/A

After splitting a six-game series on their last road trip at Iowa (May 21-26), the Chicago Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate, the Indians returned to Victory Field for a seven-game series against the nation’s best team the competition, Omaha (May 27 – June 2). Indianapolis scored a convincing 11–3 victory on Memorial Day, but the Storm Chasers reeled off six straight wins to close out the series, giving Indy its longest losing streak of the season.

Catcher Henry Davis and outfielder Matt Gorski carried the lineup the past three weeks. As of May 16, Davis’ seven home runs are tied for the third-most home runs in all of Minor League Baseball, with Gorski’s 10 tied with Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge for the most home runs in professional baseball during that time. Gorski is first in the minor leagues in RBI (27), slugging percentage (.906), total bases (58), extra-base hits (15), second in OPS (1.276) and tied for fourth in runs (18) since that date. This season, Gorski is first in the IL in triples (five), third in slugging percentage (.611) and fourth in RBI (40). On the bump, Brady Feigl trails IL pitchers with six wins.

Two relievers have also hindered opponents of late. Brent Honeywell Jr. hasn’t allowed an earned run and has a .095 batting average against (2-for-21) in his last five relief appearances since May 22 (7.0ip), and Ben Heller hasn’t allowed a run while pinning opponents to a .150 batting average against (3-for-20) and 10 strikeouts in his last six outings since May 21 (5.2ip).

The Indians lead the IL in batting average (.270), are second in triples (14) and fifth in hits (489).

Series schedule

June 4, 7:05 PM: RHP Gavin Williams (MLB Rehab, 0-0, 9:00) vs. to be determined further

June 5, 1:35 PM: TBD versus TBA

June 6, 7:05 PM: LHP Will Dion (2-2, 6.95) vs. to be determined further

June 7, 7:05 PM: RHP Darren McCaughan (2-2, 5.61) vs. to be determined further

June 8, 7:05 PM: RHP Xzavion Curry (0-6, 9.27) vs. to be determined further

June 9, 1:35 PM: RHP Gavin Williams (MLB Rehab) vs. to be determined further

What’s on the menu

This week’s Hot Dog of the Homestand, presented by Eisenberg, is the NEW Buckeye Brat, a bratwurst in a pretzel bun and topped with sauerkraut, stone-ground mustard and optional cheese sauce. Fans can find them at the Links and Beverage Carts behind Sections 105 and 120.

If the Indians win at home, the fans win at home too! Through a partnership with Chick-fil-A®, fans can claim a free Chick-fil-A® entree on the Chick-fil-A® app the day after each home win.

Promotions not to be missed

Get hungry for the start of homestand, when the Tuesday Dollar Menu, presented by Eisenberg, features hot dogs, peanuts, chips, popcorn, Cracker Jack® and churros, all available for just a dollar each.

Enjoy a Wednesday afternoon ball game under the sun or plan a meeting “offsite” at the Vic for a Wednesday day game presented by Elements Financial.

On Thursday, treat yourself to $2 Pepsi fountain drinks and $3 beer as part of Thirsty Thursday™ presented by Sun King Brewery.

All weekend long, the Young Bucs are back at the Vic for Prospects Weekend presented by the Hoosier Lottery, where we celebrate our Triple-A affiliation with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Indians will wear Young Bucs jerseys and caps, and you can cheer on your favorite Pirates Pierogies every day during their in-game race. Fans can bid on the game-worn jerseys starting Friday and continuing until the end of the seventh inning on Sunday, with all proceeds benefiting Indianapolis Indians Charities. Text VICTORY to 79230 to bid.

Stick around for the fireworks after the finals on Friday, and arrive early for the team’s pre-match autograph session on Saturday from 5:30 PM to 6:15 PM. Saturday’s Bark in the Park is presented by All Pet Express, PetSuites and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, meaning fans can bring their dogs to the ballpark to enjoy the game from the Toyota lawn in left and center field. Dog tickets cost $7.

On Sunday, the first 1,000 fans through the gate will receive a bobblehead giveaway from former Indians catcher Endy Rodríguez, and in the Center Field Plaza, fans will have the opportunity to create their own Young Bucs-themed trading card as part of the trading card. Experience presented by MHS. All children up to 14 years old receive a free hot dog, bag of chips and Capri Sun® juice bag as part of Kids Eat Free Sunday presented by Meijer. The first 250 Knot Hole Kids Club members can also claim their June giveaway item (youth Indians jersey), while supplies last, and run the bases after the game.

Notable first pitches

June 4: Butler University athletics director Grant Leiendecker

Single-game tickets are available for purchase, and group and premium reservations can also be made. For more information about the Indians, visit IndyIndians.com or contact the Victory Field Box Office at (317) 269-3545.

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