--By Jared Anderson
--Photos by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Bats (52-64) capped off their six-game homestand Sunday afternoon against the Lehigh Ironpigs (72-47). The two teams entered the rubber match with the current series tied at one apiece. Lehigh came away with the win 4-0.
In the top of the fourth inning, the Ironpigs struck first. A trio of doubles helped drive the first two runs across the plate.
The following inning continued going south. Lopez put the first two runners of the inning on and was relieved by Brandon Finnegan. The relief was able to get out of the inning but not before Lehigh plated two more runs to double their lead.
Louisville had their best chance to score during the bottom of the eighth. Gabriel Guerrero flew out to center field, sending CJ McElroy racing to third and leaving Bake Trahan on first. Both runners wound up stranded.
Jose Lopez (5-10) started on the mound for the Bats. The right-hander threw five innings, allowing four runs with four strikeouts while allowing six hits and two walks. His ERA moves to 4.59.
Brandon Finnegan (7.43) threw two innings with one hit, two strikeouts, and one walk. Damingo Tapia (3.83) threw one inning with one strikeout. Austin Brice pitched the entire ninth inning and recorded one hit and one strikeout.
Offensively, the Bats struggled. There were three hits in the first three innings and only one the rest of the game, all singles.
The Bats hit the road to face Gwinnett in a three-game series and Charlotte in a four-game series. They return home on Tuesday, August 21. The promotional is Bark in the Park, all dogs are welcome.