LOCATION: Victory Field
FIRST PITCH: 1:35 PM ET
GAME #40 / HOME #16: Iowa Cubs (22-15) vs. Indianapolis Indians (19-20)
PROBABLES: RHP Caleb Kilian (2-0, 5.48) vs. RHP Osvaldo Bido (2-2, 3.68)
RADIO: FoxSportsIndy.com / Fox Sports 1260 / iHeart app
TV: Bally Live app / MiLB TV
ABOUT YESTERDAY: Behind a trio of home runs and lights-out pitching by Quinn Priester, the Indianapolis Indians defeated the Iowa Cubs in their series opener at Victory Field on Tuesday night, 9-1. Priester spun a career-high 7.0 one-run innings to record his third consecutive quality-start win. To back Priester’s gem, the Indians got on the board early and often. Endy RodrÌguez, Priester’s batterymate, launched his fourth home run of the season in the bottom of the first inning. The next two Indianapolis runs also came via the long ball, with Nick Gonzales and Canaan Smith-Njigba going back-to-back in the third. A four-run fourth inning for the Indians put the game even further out of reach. With two outs and one run already in on a Vinny Capra sacrifice fly, Gonzales roped a two-run double to left field. Smith-Njigba capped the scoring with his own RBI single. Iowa got on the board via a run-scoring double play in the seventh, but the Indians continued their outpouring to extend the lead to eight runs with a two-run single by Capra in their last offensive frame. Major league rehabber Rob Zastryzny and Angel Perdomo closed out the game in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively.
QUALITY QUINN: Pittsburgh’s top pitching prospect according to MLB Pipeline collected his third consecutive quality-start win on Tuesday night. After surrendering singles to the first two hitters of the ballgame, he went on to retire the next six batters via strikeout. He finished his night after a career-high tying 7.0 innings, allowing only one run with nine strikeouts. His strikeouts matched his season high first set on April 15 vs. St. Paul, and his 42 strikeouts this season are tied for the fourth-most in the International League. The 22-year-old has strung together three excellent starts in May, going 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA (3er/19.0ip) and 17 punchouts compared to three walks. As the former 18th overall selection by Pittsburgh in 2019, he is currently rated as the Pirates No. 5 prospect (Baseball America) and the second-best pitcher behind Luis Ortiz (No. 4). Priester finished last season with a 3.29 ERA (33er/90.1ip)…