--By Mike Gilpatrick
--File photo by Jared Anderson
Summer has officially come to a close. The Louisville Bats played their final game of 2018, a 4-0 loss to the Indianapolis Indians. Despite the score, the game was entertaining. Hernan Iribarren played all nine positions, including pitcher and catcher.
Jose Lopez started the game, was subbed out, and came back out to pitch. He went 4.1 consecutive, was replaced by Iribarren, and came back out. In the 4.1 innings, Lopez surrendered one run, which was earned, on three hits and one walk. He struck out four.
Iribarren gave up an infield single. Lopez went to left field for Iribarren’s only batter.
The first run surrendered by Lopez was in the top of the fourth inning. Wyatt Mathisen hit home run No. nine to left-field, which was a 353-foot solo-shot.
Home run No. 2 of the game was blasted by Erich Weiss, in the top of the sixth inning. The three-run blast went to right, scoring three. It was Weiss’s fifth blast of the season.
Lopez pitched six innings cumulatively. He gave up a total of four runs, all earned, on six hits and one walk, while striking out seven. His ERA finished at 4.47.
Iribarren trotted out to right field in the eighth. It completed his nine-position marathon. He walked off the field with two outs in the top of the ninth for perhaps the final time in his career.
The Bats finish 2018 at 61-76. They’re last in the International league West. Keep up with River City Cards for Louisville Bats news and stories next season.
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