Indianapolis Indians Announce Details for Opening Night

INDIANAPOLIS – Today (March 22), the Indianapolis Indians unveiled their plans for celebrating the start of the 2017 baseball season. The Tribe’s Opening Night is Thursday, April 6, when they host the Toledo Mud Hens at 7:05 p.m.

“Indians baseball has become a rite of spring in downtown Indy,” Indians President and General Manager Randy Lewandowski said. “Opening Night will be special, with everything from fireworks to a new HD video board to the sounds of the game. The crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd are almost here.”

Among the highlights for the season opener: the Indians 60-degree weather guarantee, Sun King Brewery’s Bike to the Ballpark, a schedule magnet giveaway and postgame fireworks.

As part of the Indians 60-degree weather guarantee, if the temperature at first pitch is below 60 degrees, fans with an Opening Night ticket will receive another ticket to an April game.

Also on Opening Night, Sun King, the official craft beer of the Indianapolis Indians, is hosting its seventh annual Bike to the Ballpark presented by Knozone. The party begins at 4 p.m. at Sun King’s downtown location (135 N College Avenue) and finishes at Victory Field. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will lead the 1.7-mile trek through downtown. The group leaves for the game at 6 p.m.

Bike to the Ballpark is free and open to all ages, but tickets to the game are not included. Fans can purchase a game ticket in advance at IndyIndians.com or the Victory Field Box Office to receive $2 off the price at the gate.

Once inside Victory Field, Sun King will be tapping a special selection of beers for fans 21 and older on Opening Night, including Indians Lager, Alrye’d Alrye’d Alrye’d Rye IPA, Sunlight Cream Ale, Pachanga Mexican Lager, After Party Apricot Sour and Small Batch Maibock.

The Tribe open with 13 games at Victory Field in the first 18 days of the season. Tickets for single games and season packages are available today at IndyIndians.com or the Victory Field Box Office.

About the Indianapolis Indians
The Indianapolis Indians are the professional Triple-A baseball club affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The organization’s mission is to provide Indians baseball at Victory Field as affordable and memorable family fun. The Indians play their home games at Victory Field, located in downtown Indianapolis and White River State Park, a 14,200-seat ballpark opened in 1996 that has received numerous national accolades as one of the best minor league ballparks in the United States. In 2013 and 2016, the Indians led all of Minor League Baseball in overall attendance, while in 2014 and 2015 set Victory Field single-season attendance records. The team has been in continuous operation since 1902.

Indy Indians | Early Home Runs the Difference as Hens Top Tribe

INDIANAPOLIS (August 31, 2016) – Jose Osuna continued his hot August but Toledo belted two early home runs to take a lead it would never relinquish in a 4-2 victory on Wednesday.

Toledo (65-74) struck quickly, collecting two solo home runs in the first inning.

The Indians (67-71) answered in the third after Jacob Stallings reached second on a two-base error. Pedro Florimon then drove him in with a base hit to make the tally 2-1.

The Mud Hens wasted no time in extending the lead once again, scoring two more runs in the fourth.

Rehabbing Detroit Tiger Jordan Zimmermann limited the Indians to one hit over four innings with his only run allowed being unearned.

John Kuchno (1-4) made the start for the Tribe, scattering 10 hits across five innings. He was charged with four earned runs, walked two, and struck out two.

Jose Osuna notched his 19th RBI of the month with a base hit in the sixth to cut the deficit to two runs. He finished 2-for-4 on the day.

Cesar Ramos (2-3) earned the win for Toledo with 3.2 frames of one-run relief. Curtis Partch and Jorge Rondon combined to fire four scoreless innings out of the bullpen for the Indians.

The Indians will next host Louisville in a doubleheader on Thursday. Game one is set to begin at 6:05 p.m. with gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Indy Indians | Seventh Inning Undoes Indians against Toledo

INDIANAPOLIS (July 7, 2016) – Kyle Lobstein gave the Indians his best effort, but the Tribe couldn’t hang on as Toledo won, 6-0, on Thursday at Victory Field.

Lobstein awoke this morning in St. Louis on the Pirates’ 25-man roster, but events quickly unfolded that led to him rejoining the Tribe (46-42) in Indianapolis, where he was asked to start in place of the newly-promoted Tyler Glasnow.

The southpaw was brilliant in his outing, scattering three hits over six scoreless frames with four strikeouts.

His efforts were squandered by a big seventh inning for Toledo (38-49). The Mud Hens plated six runs in the frame, including a home run and a double, as they pulled well in front. Curtis Partch (2-1) received the loss for his part in the stanza.

Cory Riordan (1-0) collected his first win of the year thanks to 7.2 innings and 109 pitches of scoreless work.

The Indians will host Toledo on Friday at 7:15 in a celebration of the team’s 20th season at Victory Field.

Indy Indians | Glasnow to Make MLB Debut Today

The following was announced by the Pittsburgh Pirates:

 The Pittsburgh Pirates today recalled right-handed pitcher Tyler Glasnow from Triple-A Indianapolis. Glasnow, who will make his Major League debut today at St. Louis, will wear uniform #51.

To make room for Glasnow on the 25-man active roster, left-handed pitcher Kyle Lobstein has been optioned to Triple-A.

Glasnow went 7-2 with a 1.78 ERA (96.0ip/19er) and 113 strikeouts in 17 Triple-A starts this season. He surrendered two runs or less in each of his last 10 starts with Indy and in 15 of his 17 starts overall. Glasnow currently ranks third among International League pitchers in ERA, first in strikeouts and first in opponents batting average against (.176). He went 3-0 with a 0.79 ERA in six starts during the month of July while allowing just nine hits in 34.0 innings of work.

In addition to Tyler Glasnow today, the Pirates have had three other pitchers make their Major League debuts in a starting role this season (also Chad Kuhl, Jameson Taillon and Steven Brault). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last season in which Pittsburgh had four or more pitchers make their big league debut as a starter was 1903 (six): Kaiser Wilhelm, Bucky Veil, Gus Thompson, Jack Pfiester, Lew Moren and Doc Scanlan.

Indy Indians | Tribe Downs Bats, 6-0, as Cole Revisits Victory Field

INDIANAPOLIS (July 6, 2016) – LEDE

Josh Bell homered on the first pitch he saw in the first inning to put the Indians in front.

Indianapolis and Louisville then traded five scoreless innings as both starters settled into a comfortable groove.

Wilfredo Boscan worked six shutout innings before running into trouble in the seventh, allowing two runs in the frame. He finished with six innings, six hits, two runs with one earned, and three strikeouts. Bat’s starter Robert Stephenson notched eight punchouts over 6.1 innings, allowing two runs.

Jose Osuna evened the score at 2-2 with a home run in the seventh, his first in Triple-A.

The series concludes Wednesday afternoon at 1:35 p.m.

Tribe Downs Bats, 6-0, as Cole Revisits Victory Field

INDIANAPOLIS (July 5, 2016) – A five run first was more than enough as Gerrit Cole and the Indians combined to blank Louisville, 6-0, on Tuesday at Victory Field.

The Indians’ big first inning opened with an error by starter Seth Varner (0-1) in his Triple-A debut. Josh Bell chipped in an RBI single and Willy Garcia hammered a bases-clearing, three-run double to do the Tribe’s damage.

Varner bore the brunt of the punishment for Louisville (42-43), departing without recording an out.

Rehabbing big leaguer Gerrit Cole was efficient in his scheduled three innings of work, giving up no runs while surrendering just two hits and striking out six.

Justin Masterson (1-1) relieved him, matching his career high in relief innings with four scoreless frames to earn the win. It was the third such outing in Masterson’s lengthy career with the last coming in 2006 while with Short-Season Lowell.

Indianapolis (45-41) added one more run in the seventh on Jin-De Jhang’s first Triple-A hit and RBI to make the tally 6-0.

Jaosn Rogers made a tremendous effort on a foul ball in the top of the eighth, tumbling into the Indians dugout as he battled to reel in the pop fly. The fall jarred the ball loose, but the Victory Field crowd offered an ovation for the effort.

Curtis Partch and Jorge Rondon each contributed a scoreless inning for the Indians.

The series concludes Wednesday afternoon at 1:35 p.m.

Indy Indians | Indians Unable to Quiet Louisville’s Bats

INDIANAPOLIS (July 4, 2016) – The Indians surrendered an early lead as Louisville stormed back with 11 unanswered runs in a lopsided, 11-3 defeat on Monday at Victory Field.

Indianapolis (44-41) jumped out to an early advantage in the first inning. Jason Rogers grounded into a double play with the bases loaded, scoring one run. Danny Ortiz followed that with his 10th home run of the season in the second – a two-run shot to right.

That would be the end of the Indians’ scoring as Louisville (42-42) went on to score 11 runs to close the game.

Tribe starter Frank Duncan (5-4) received the loss for surrendering six runs, two earned, over 4.1 innings of work. John Kuchno and Trey Haley came on in relief.

Bats starter Amir Garrett (1-1) was credited with the win for giving up three earned runs over six frames.

The Indians are back in action on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. back at Victory Field.