LOUISVILLE – Indianapolis Indians (73-67) starting pitcher Tyler Eppler spun seven innings of shutout baseball on Labor Day, lifting Indy to a 4-0 victory over the Louisville Bats (61-76) that ends their 2018 season.
Wyatt Mathisen and Erich Weiss homered for the Tribe, helping Indianapolis wrap up their year on a winning note.
Eppler, arguably the Tribe’s best pitcher this season, turned in one last gem on Monday.
The right-hander blew away the first nine batters he faced in the game before Louisville finally drew a walk to open the fourth inning. In all, Eppler gave up just three hits and that one walk in his seven scoreless innings of brilliant baseball.
Eppler also earned his 13th win, making him the first Tribe pitcher since 2012 to reach that lucky number.
Offensively, Mathisen and Weiss drove in all four of Indy’s runs via the long ball.
Mathisen got things started in the fourth, mashing a solo shot to nudge the Indians ahead early. Then in the sixth, Weiss smacked a three-run bomb to give the visitors some extra insurance as they came down the wire.
Despite the season-ending W, the end of the 2018 regular season was a disappointing one for the Indians. Indy owned a four-game lead in the IL West on Aug. 10 and just a week later, on Aug. 17, the Tribe fell out of first place. They did rally to be back in a tie for the top spot in the division by Aug. 27, but fell a game behind a day later and never recovered in either the divisional or wild card standings.