LOCATION: Victory Field
FIRST PITCH: 7:05 PM ET
GAME #144 / Home #73: St. Paul Saints (69-74) vs. Indianapolis Indians (73-70)
PROBABLES: RHP Randy Dobnak (1-1, 6.39) vs. RHP Jerad Eickhoff (6-7, 5.06)
RADIO: FoxSportsIndy.com / Fox Sports 1260 / iHeart app
TV: MiLB TV
ABOUT YESTERDAY: Quinn Priester dazzled in his Triple-A debut and the Indianapolis Indians went up big with home runs by Blake Sabol and Malcom Nunez to defeat the St. Paul Saints on Wednesday afternoon at Victory Field, 7-1. Priester spun 5.0 two-hit, shutout innings and fired 47 of his 71 pitches for strikes while collecting six strikeouts. The Indians offense plated five runs in the third against Saints starter Jordan Balazovic. Endy Rodriguez jumpstarted the scoring with a pair of runners on, lining his second double in as many games into right field to plate Jared Oliva and Ji-Hwan Bae. Sabol followed with his fifth Triple-A home run to extend the lead to 4-0 without an out being recorded. Two batters later, Malcom Nunez – who lined a single 112 MPH off the bat in his first Triple-A plate appearance – sent a fly ball over the left-field wall for his first home run at the level. Rodriguez tacked onto Indy’s lead after lining a two-run single to extend the lead to 7-0. The Saints would score their only run via a Ryan Jeffers solo home run to straightaway center in the top of the eighth.
NUNEY RIPS IT: Third basemen Malcom Nunez impressed in his Triple-A debut, going 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk. After roping a single in the gap in first Triple-A plate appearance, he would follow it up with a towering fly ball over the left-center fence and onto the berm. Wednesday’s solo blast was 23rd of the season between Double-A Springfield (17), Double-A Altoona (5) and Indianapolis (1). The 21-year-old is currently rated the No. 12 prospect – according to MLB Pipeline – in Pittsburgh’s organization after being acquired from St. Louis on Aug. 2 with RHP Johan Oviedo in exchange for southpaw Jose Quintana and right-hander Chris Stratton.
TRENDY ENDY: Endy Rodriguez has made himself a prospect to remember throughout his outstanding season, currently ranked Pittsburgh’s No. 6 prospect and No. 100 in all of Minor League Baseball. Rodriguez has shined in his first two Triple-A games at Victory Field after an impressive season with High-A Greensboro and Double-A Altoona. He followed Tuesday’s 2-for-3 performance,…