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Tribe Postponed by Inclement Weather

Game to be Made Up as Part of DH on Saturday, July 12

INDIANAPOLIS – Tuesday’s International League contest between the Indianapolis Indians (9-2) and Columbus Clippers (3-7) has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday, July 12 at 6:05 p.m., with gates opening for the Tribe’s Signature Saturday autograph session at 5:00 p.m.

The Indians will now host today’s postponed contest during Columbus’ next visit to Victory Field on July 12. In accordance with International League rules, both games of the twin-bill on July 12 will be scheduled for seven innings, with the second game of the doubleheader set to begin thirty minutes after the completion of the first contest.

Tickets from today’s postponed contest may be exchanged for any Indians home game throughout the remainder of the 2014 regular season. Fans can exchange their tickets by visiting the Victory Field Box Office from 8:00 am – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 10:00 am – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, or by visiting any ticket window at Victory Field during any Tribe home game. All exchanges are based on availability.

The Tribe will now hit the road for a brief, three-game set as part of a home-and-home series with the Louisville Bats, Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds (April 16-18). The Indians return home to welcome the Bats for a three-game set at Victory Field from April 19-21, with the upcoming homestand’s promotions including the first Signature Saturday of the season, Kids Eat Free Sunday and Monday Dollar Menu.

Tomorrow’s contest at Louisville Slugger Field will be carried on WNDE 1260 AM, and via iheartradio, a mobile application for iPhone, Blackberry and Android phones with Howard Kellman and Will Flemming on the call. The pre-game show begins at 6:15 p.m.

Make summer something you start early with your Indianapolis Indians. Tickets for Tribe’s 2014 season are currently available online at, through the Indians’ single-game ticket hotline at 317-269-2282 or by visiting the Victory Field Box Office on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

Baseball returns, Columbus spoils Indians Home Opener

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Written by

Brian Jessen,

Hot Corner Contributor , and Blogger for

There are signs of spring (FINALLY!) in Indianapolis.  People walking the Canal, the grasses are cut along 16th Street by the Speedway and the crack of a wooden bat followed by a loud cheer erupts from Victory Field.

Yes Indianapolis, baseball is back.

The Indianapolis Indians began their International League West Division title defense last night as they hosted division rival Columbus Clippers in their 2013 Season Opener.  With an announced crowd of 12,769 was on hand, the Tribe had their hands full.  Overall, the Indians have gone 3-2 against Columbus on Opening Day, and are 2-1 when facing the Clippers in the season’s first home game.

But in their favor, the Tribe has been tough to beat at Victory Field early in the season, posting a 12-5 record in the season’s home opener, and a 6-2 record on Opening Day in Indianapolis.  But that didn’t hold true last night.

A scoreless ballgame going into the 8th inning when Clippers designated hitter Jeremy Hermida hit the first pitch he saw from reliever Mike Zagurski for a grand slam in the eighth inning for the game’s only runs. The Indians had just three hits.

New Tribe  HP Andy Oliver took to the rubber for the Tribe in the opener.  The southpaw was acquired from the Detroit Tigers last December.  Oliver started 18 straight games last season before making nine of his final 10 appearances in relief.  Overall in 2012, the lefty went 5-9 with a 4.88 ERA (64 ER in 118.0 IP) in 28 games (19 starts).

Oliver (6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO) appeared sharp and focused in an impressive performance in his Indians’ debut, striking out six while allowing just two hits over 6 scoreless innings. Oliver dominated out of the gate, allowing just one hit over the first five innings of the game, but ultimately did not figure in the final decision as Columbus held down the Tribe bats.

RHP Vic Black had an impressive start to his Triple-A career, striking out the side in the seventh inning after surrendering a lead-off single. However, his second inning would not go as well as his first, when a lead-off walk to LF Cedric Hunter, base hit to CF Tim Fedroff and an intentional walk forced by a passed ball loaded the bases in the top of the eighth.

The Tribe pulled Black, who has struggled with control problems throughout his career. Skipper Dean Treanor and Pitching Coach Tom Filer made the call for veteran reliever Mike Zagurski, who on his first pitch of the night, surrendered a mammoth grand slam home run off the bat of Hermida. The longball ultimately pinned Black with the loss, dropping his record to 0-1.

The loss was the Indians sixth straight Opening Day defeat, but they will look to bounce back in game two of the four-game season-opening series with Columbus on Friday night at 7:15 p.m. at Victory Field.