LOCATION: Victory Field
FIRST PITCH: 6:35 PM ET
GAME #39 / HOME #15: Iowa Cubs (22-14) vs. Indianapolis Indians (18-20)
PROBABLES: RHP Ben Brown (1-0, 0.84) vs. RHP Quinn Priester (3-3, 5.40)
RADIO: FoxSportsIndy.com / Fox Sports 1260 / iHeart app
TV: Bally Live app / MiLB TV
ABOUT SUNDAY: The Indianapolis Indians offense exploded for a five-run fourth inning and seven-run ninth inning en route to a series finale victory against the St. Paul Saints at CHS Field on Sunday afternoon, 15-3. With St. Paul leading 2-0, Nick Gonzales opened the fourth inning with a triple, and Canaan Smith-Njigba sent him home in the next at-bat with an RBI single. Following a walk issued by Endy Rodríguez, Cal Mitchell reached on a fielder’s choice to score Canaan Smith-Njigba. Jared Triolo then smacked his first Triple-A double to left field, breaking the tie and giving the Indians a lead they would not relinquish. The half-inning concluded with Grant Koch grounding into a run-scoring double play. Leading 8-3 in the top of the ninth, the Indians dashed any hope for the Saints to rally, plating seven more runs before the afternoon finished. Gonzales opened the inning with his second extra-base hit of the contest, a double to right field. A single by Canaan Smith-Njigba, RodrÌguez walk and Triolo ground-rule double put the Indians in double digits. A wild pitch by Josh Winder sent Triolo to third and the second walk of the inning was issued to Koch after the Indians successfully challenged a strike call. Josh Bissonette reached safely on a single, and Chavez Young put the exclamation point on the victory with a three-run home run. The Indians offense was backed by a solid outing by starter Caleb Smith, he allowed three runs with a career-high tying nine strikeouts over 5.0 innings.
WINNING ON THE ROAD: The Indians finished their two-week road trip 8-4 – which is the second-best record in the International League in May – after taking five of six at Toledo and splitting their series with St. Paul. Both pitching and hitting shined throughout the road trip, as the Indians outscored their opponents 74-42. Starting pitching was led by Quinn Priester who tossed two quality starts on the trip and Caleb Smith’s 7.0-inning complete-game shutout which earned him International League Pitcher of the Week honors. In the bullpen, Colin Selby collected three saves during the trip and did not allow a hit in 5.0…