IOWA CUBS (22-14) @ INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (18-20)
Tuesday – 5:35 PM CT – Victory Field – Indianapolis, IN
RHP Ben Brown (1-0, 0.84) vs. RHP Quinn Priester (3-3, 5.40)
TONIGHT’S GAME: Iowa and Indianapolis are set to play game one of their six-game series tonight, starting the series off with a matchup between two top prospects. Taking the ball for Iowa tonight will be Chicago’s No. 6 ranked prospect, Ben Brown. It will be Brown’s third start of the season with Iowa after his promotion from Tennessee on April 29. Through his first two starts, the right-hander is 1-0 with a 0.84 ERA, allowing just one earned run on five hits and five walks. He has struck out 17 batters in his 10.2 innings, including a season-high 10 in his last start on May 10. Opposite of Brown will be Quinn Priester toeing the rubber for Indianapolis, Pittsburgh’s No. 4 ranked prospect and top pitching prospect. The 22-year-old is set to make his eighth start of the season, entering tonight’s game with a 3-3 record and a 5.40 ERA through his first seven starts. He has surrendered 19 earned runs on 32 hits and 11 walks while striking out 33 over his 31.2 innings pitched. Over his last two starts, the young righty is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA, allowing just two earned runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out eight over his 12.0 innings.
ERRORS IN THE EIGHTH: In Iowa’s series finale versus Toledo on Sunday, the game was knotted up at two runs apiece in the top of the eighth inning. The momentum flipped in the Mud Hens favor after a pair of errors by Edwin Ríos on the first two batters of the inning. Ríos first committed a fielding error followed by a throwing error to put runners on second and third with no outs. The next two Mud Hens then recorded an RBI single and a three-run home run to put Toledo out in front, 6-2, which went on to be the final score. Errors have been a bit of a struggle at times for Iowa this season as they have now totaled 28 on the season. The 28 errors committed by the I-Cubs has them tied for 10th in the International League. Iowa has also had streaks of six games (April 20-April 26) and five games (April 7-April 11) where they have committed an error, which rank as the third and fourth longest error streaks in the International League this season.
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