Indianapolis Indians Home Opener Tonight

It’s time to grab your glove and get down to Victory Field, because the Indianapolis Indians are back and set to take the field tonight in their season home opener.

The Indians started their season last Thursday with an eight game road trip that sees them returning to Indianapolis with a not so stunning 3-5 record. But,  in a 142 game regular season, our Indy Indians have more than enough time to right the ship. And it all starts tonight at 7 p.m. at Victory Field, across from White River State park in downtown Indianapolis.

Tonight’s matchup on the mound will be 6-foot-5 right-hander Jeremy Powell for the home team, and the 5-foot-10 right-handed Enrique Cesar Gonzalez for the visiting Toledo Mud Hens. Powell is off to a rough start so far this season with an 0-2 record and a 19.80 ERA. That four digit ERA is thanks in part to the Mud Hens who smacked Powell around on April 12 after giving up six runs on six hits in four inning of work.

Gonzalez comes into tonight’s game with a mark of 0-1 so far this season. The Mud Hens are the Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers and are off to a 4-4 start to their season.

Our Indians–Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates–are surrounded with all kinds of hype for the talent presently on the roster. No one is drawing more attention to our Indianapolis sports baseball franchise than 23-year old third basemen Pedro Alvarez.

The 6-foot-3 third basemen has been rated the #6 prospect in all of baseball by Baseball Prospectus and is an animal at the plate. While he has started the season with .219 AVG, three of his first seven hits have been home runs. As Alvarez’ batting average increases, so will the rumblings that he will make his way to the Steel City to help the major league club. Pedro’s skill at the plate has never been questioned, the biggest issue that could keep him in the Circle City longer than some might think is finding a home for him on defense. At the moment, the top prospect is manning the hot corner for our Indians which will take some time to get used to if he is going to contribute to a major league team.

Other players whose stay could be cut short by a call-up are 21-year old outfielder Jose Tabata, who has started his season with a  .344 batting average, and 24-year old right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln, who is 1-0 thus far. Tabata has hit safely in all seven games he has played thus far this season, including a 2-3 performance in last night’s game agains the Louisville Bats. He added a run and a stolen base for good measure. Tabata now has five stolen bases on the season which is good enough for a first place tie in the International League.

Tonight’s game is the first of an eight game home stand for the Indians. So, if you can’t make it to the park tonight, check out the team’s schedule here and pick out a game or two to show your support.

Victory Field is known as one of the best, if not the best, minor league baseball stadium in America and taking in a game one of the best things to do in Indianapolis all summer long. The Indians go out of their way to make sure that everyone has a great day at the ballpark, especially the smallest of fans, Indianapolis children.

No matter if you’re a season ticket holder, or have never been to an Indians game, tonight is the night for you and your friends to get support our team, and show the world what Indiana baseball is all about.

For more information on tonight’s game and the Indianapolis Indians in general, visit the team’s Web site here.
Want to know what you’re getting into before the game tonight?…check out these Victory Field videos.
If you want to make sure you get the most bang for your buck, take a minute and look over the Indianapolis Indians promotional calendar.

I’ll be following the Indians all season long, so make FunCityFinder your home for all things Indians this season. Hope to see you at the ball park.