THE INDIANS…: Concluded the 2015 regular season with the best record in the International League at 83-61 … Entered the Governors’ Cup Playoffs with a Wild Card berth via their playoff-seeding tiebreaker with the Columbus Clippers (Columbus won the head-to-head series, 11-10) … Swept the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in the semi-finals before falling to the Clippers in Game 5 of the championship series at Victory Field … Finished as one of four Pittsburgh Pirates affiliates to reach the postseason (also Double-A Altoona Curve, LoA West Virginia and NY-Penn League champion Short-Season West Virginia).
PACK THE VIC: The Indianapolis Indians set a franchise single-season attendance record for the second straight year in 2015 … The Tribe hosted a capacity crowd of 14,828 during the regular-season home finale (Aug. 5) to cap the year with a grand total of 662,536 fans through 71 home openings … That mark surpassed the 2014 record-setting attendance of 660,289.
80s PARTY: With a record of 83-61 in the 2015 regular season, 80-64 in 2013 and 89-55 in 2012, the Tribe currently ranks as the only team in the IL to notch 80+ wins in three of the last four seasons … Further, just one team in the league has reached the 80-win plateau in even two of the last four years (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2012 and 2015).
HE’S THE DEAN: Indians skipper Dean Treanor recorded a .500-or-better record for the fifth straight season in 2015 … He is the first manager in franchise history to lead the Indians to five straight winning seasons, surpassing Dave Miley’s previous record of four consecutive campaigns with a winning record from 1996-1999 … Through five seasons at the helm of Indianapolis, Treanor ranks fourth in all-time managerial wins with his career record of 401-319 (.557).
“THE CHAMP IS HERE”: The Tribe claimed a division title and playoff berth for the third time in four seasons last year, following its stretch of back-to-back IL West division titles in 2012-13 with a first-place finish in 2015 … As co-champions of the IL West division, Indianapolis clinched its fifth overall appearance in the IL playoffs through 19 seasons of affiliation with the league.
SWEET…15?: The Indians dispatched Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 7-3, in Game 1 of the postseason, cruising to the club’s first home playoff win in 15 years … Prior to that victory, the Tribe’s last playoff win at Victory Field was the title-clinching game of its 2000 Governors’ Cup championship against that same Scranton/Wilkes-Barre franchise (SWB Red Barons).
HUMAN HIGHLIGHT FILM: Patrolling left field in Game 1 of the Governors’ Cup semi-finals, Keon Broxton made a superb sprawling catch after losing his footing in pursuit of a line drive … His highlight-reel catch was picked up nation-wide by major media outlets, and was even featured as the No. 3 play on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Countdown for Sept. 9-10.
SWEEPSTAKES: Trailing 2-0 in the ninth inning of Game 3 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Indy rallied for four runs during its final at-bat to complete a 4-2 comeback and notch a series sweep in the opening round of the 2015 postseason … The come-from-behind clincher marked the franchise’s first-ever sweep during the IL playoffs and first overall postseason sweep in any league since a 3-0 series win over the Louisville Redbirds in 1994 (American Association).
COMEBACK KIDS: After reaching the championship series and dropping each of the first two contests to the Clippers, Indianapolis twice staved off elimination in its final at-bat to force a deciding Game 5 for the Governors’ Cup … In Game 3, the Tribe overcame a 4-0, fourth-inning deficit when Keon Broxton scored the game-winning run on a grounder from Gustavo Nunez with one out in the bottom of the eighth …
In Game 4, Indy trailed 4-2 in the ninth before emerging as walk-off winners on a bases-loaded single from Josh Bell.
NEW ERA: Under new Tribe pitching coach Stan Kyles (new during Pittsburgh Pirates affiliation), the Indians led the league and set a Victory Field Era record with a 3.09 ERA (441er/1284.0ip) in 2015 … That 3.09 mark was also Indy’s best team-ERA in 26 years, ranking as the club’s lowest since the 1989 American Association champion Indians squad posted a 2.80 ERA.
HE’S ALL ABOUT THAT BASE: Triple-A rookie Keon Broxton produced the second-longest on-base streak of any IL batter during the 2015 season, reaching safely in 34 consecutive games from July 3 – Aug. 11 … His streak fell just three games shy of the league-high mark from former Tribe MVP Matt Hague (Buffalo) and was the longest on-base streak for Indianapolis since 2006 (Chris Richard, 46).
DECADE DROUGHT: Alen Hanson became the first Indians player in 10 years to win an IL Player of the Month Award with his honors for May, 2015 (last was LHP Zach Duke in May, 2005) … The Triple-A rookie Hanson reached base safely in 25 of 28 games, hit safely in 23 of 28 and produced 15 multi-hit efforts during May.
MR. EVERYTHING: Former Indiana Mr. Football and Mr. Baseball Clayton Richard began the season in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization before he was acquired by (July 3) and finished the year with the Chicago Cubs … The McCutcheon High School graduate pitched professionally in his hometown for the first time of his career when the Indians hosted Pawtucket on May 18, and his guest list for that debut featured more than 100 friends/family members … Richard went unbeaten in his five starts at home, combining for a 2-0 record and 1.64 ERA when pitching in downtown Indianapolis.
INDYSTAR-S: The Indians sent three representatives to the 2015 Triple-A All-Star game in catcher Elias Diaz (starter), right-hander Blake Wood (starter) and second baseman Alen Hanson … Diaz also participated in MLB’s All-Star Futures Game and later became just the fifth Tribe backstop elected to both the IL Mid and Postseason All-Star squad.