INDIANAPOLIS – In the Indianapolis Indians’ (63-51) return home to Victory Field on Tuesday, the Tribe made a statement. Especially Kevin Newman and Jacob Stallings.
Indy poured 12 runs and 18 hits on the International League’s top team, defeating the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (70-44) by a final score of 12-5. But Newman and Stallings stole the spotlight, as they each hit for the cycle.
Newman finished 5-for-5 on the night with a single, two doubles, a triple and a solo homer. Stallings collected four hits in five at-bats, using one knock of each variety to complete the feat.
Each player recorded three RBIs and put the finishing touches on their respective cycles in the eighth inning. Newman homered and Stallings tripled, wrapping up an impressive evening in the Circle City.
Josh Bell was the last Tribe player to hit for the cycle, doing so in April of 2016.
The Indians never trailed in this ballgame, building a 2-0 lead before busting things open with a six-run sixth inning. Lehigh Valley quickly countered with five runs in the seventh, but Indy added three runs of insurance to put the result of Tuesday’s contest out of question.
Tyler Eppler toed the rubber for the Tribe, cruising through six innings before the Pigs got hot. Four of five batters reached versus Eppler in the seventh, as four of five runs scored were charged to Eppler.
Eppler finished with a final line of four runs allowed on four hits and two walks in 6.1 frames. Despite the IronPigs rally, he was still able to pick up his league-high 12th W of 2018.
Indianapolis and Lehigh Valley will do battle again on Wednesday, with first pitch slated for 1:35 p.m. Nick Kingham (4-1, 2.19) will be back on the hill for the Indians.