LOCATION: Victory Field
FIRST PITCH: 6:35 PM ET
GAME #142 / Home #71: St. Paul Saints (69-72) vs. Indianapolis Indians (71-70)
PROBABLES: RHP Simeon Woods Richardson (1-0, 2.55) vs. RHP Osvaldo Bido (3-7, 4.40)
RADIO: FoxSportsIndy.com / Fox Sports 1260 / iHeart app
TV: MiLB TV
ABOUT LAST NIGHT: A pair of two-run home runs by Tucupita Marcano and Brendt Citta in a five-run second inning and stellar pitching led the Indianapolis Indians to a series-opening win over the St. Paul Saints on Monday night, 9-1. The Indians went up by one in the bottom of the first after a throw down to second base by catcher Ryan Jeffers on a Ji-Hwan Bae stolen base attempt hit starter Austin Schulfer in the back of the head. With one out and one runner on in the bottom of the second, Indianapolis went up big and tacked on insurance runs. Following a leadoff walk to Taylor Davis, Marcano launched his third Triple-A homer of the season far out into the right-field corner to extend the lead, 3-0. Another walk to Hoy Park set up another run as Ji-Hwan Bae followed with his 22nd double of the campaign. Citta came up next, smoking the first strike to him onto the right-center field berm. The next two Indians runs came courtesy of Travis Swaggerty, who roped an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth and lined a run-scoring single in the bottom of the sixth. Indy would tack on one more eighth when Mason Martin singled home Citta against Nash Knight, a position player on the mound. With last night’s win, the Indians broke their six-game losing skid and earned their first win of the 12-game homestand.
SHOVING BY COMMITTEE: Indians’ pitching surrendered only one run in Monday night’s contest and issued one walk compared to 15 combined strikeouts. Indy’s 15 strikeouts was its most since Aug. 5 vs. Louisville (16). Starting pitcher Cody Bolton opened with 3.0 scoreless frames and recorded five of nine outs via strikeout, MLB rehabber entered and collected two punchouts. Zach Matson entered to continue the shutout bid, surrendering one hit over 2.0 innings and earning his first win of the season.
CITTA THE HITTA: After going hitless and snapping his six-game hitting streak on Sunday afternoon, Brendt Citta went back to the hot hitting on Monday night, going 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, a double and two walks. In the month of September, he is hitting .350 (14-for-40) with eight runs scored, four doubles,…