IOWA CUBS (22-15) @ INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (19-20)
Wednesday, May 17, 2023 – 12:35 PM CT – Victory Field – Indianapolis, IN
RHP Caleb Kilian (2-0, 5.48) vs. RHP Osvaldo Bido (2-2, 3.68)
TODAY’S GAME: Iowa and Indianapolis are back with a matinee for the second game of the scheduled six-game series this week. Taking the mound for the I-Cubs will be right-hander Caleb Kilian. Kilian will be making his sixth start with Iowa in 2023 and will look to improve upon his 2-0 record and 5.48 ERA. In his last outing, Kilian had rough start early as he gave up four runs and two homers versus Toledo but was able to settle things under control and worked five innings to earn a no decision. The California kid will also be looking for his first career win against Indianapolis as he currently holds a record of 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA against the Indians. Right-Hander Osvaldo Bido will be opposite of Kilian and the starting pitcher for Indianapolis. Bido has compiled a record of 2-2 with a 3.68 ERA over seven starts with the Indians in 2023. The Dominican Republic native ranks second on the Indians pitching staff in strikeouts with 35 and is holding opposing batters to a hitting clip of just .205. In Bido’s last outing, which came on the road in St. Paul on May 12, he earned a no decision, spun five scoreless innings, allowed four hits, and did not allow a walk compared to four strikeouts, but did hit three batters.
BULLPEN BRIGHT SPOT: While there weren’t too many positives in last night’s loss to Indianapolis, relief pitchers Codi Heuer and Vinny Nittoli looked sharp. The duo of right-handers silenced the Indianapolis bats with their work during the middle innings of the ballgame. Nittoli came on to pitch first and tossed two scoreless and hitless innings with three strikeouts. Heuer, who is on a Major League Rehab assignment, followed Nittoli and retired the Indians in order with a scoreless and hitless inning of his own to go along with one strikeout.
BASE RUNNING BLUNDERS: The Indianapolis Indians had Jake Slaughter’s number on the base paths in last night’s contest as they caught Slaughter for a double whammy. The I-Cubs infielder was picked off and caught stealing by Indians starting pitcher Quinn Priester in the top of the third inning. It was the third time this season that Slaughter has been caught stealing, which is the most by any I-Cub in 2023. The failed attempt also pushed Slaughter into a tie…