COMSTOCK PARK, MI – The West Michigan Whitecaps trailed early though strung together runs in 3 true innings and hold off a Lansing Lugnuts 7-5 in front of 6,226 Friday night during Fifth Third Ballpark.
Lansing struck initial in a third inning as Josh Palacios belted a line expostulate home run into right domain off ‘Caps starter Alfred Gutierrez and supposing an early 2-0 lead. West Michigan chipped divided during a necessity with Anthony Pereira providing an RBI singular in their third inning, plating Sam Machonis who doubled progressing in a frame. Trailing 2-1 in a fourth, a ‘Caps chased Lansing starter Denis Diaz from a diversion with 4 runs. Cole Bauml and Danny Pinero stroked RBI singles, Chad Sedio scored a run with a scapegoat fly and Danny Woodrow coaxed a bases-loaded walk, as a Whitecaps took their initial lead during 5-2. Two some-more runs would follow in a ‘Caps fifth. Bauml scored after sketch a lead-off travel and scoring after Pinero drilled a double to a wall in left-center field. Elvis Rubio looped a singular to right domain and a Lugnuts blunder on a play enabled Pinero to measure and boost a ‘Caps domain to 7-2. Lansing unsuccessful to overlay as they finished a night of Gutierrez with dual sixth inning runs. Trent Szkutnik surrendered a final Lansing run of a night in a seventh inning, creation a measure 7-5.
Jake Shull finished a clever service bid by giving a Whitecaps dual scoreless innings to acquire his initial save of 2017. Gutierrez (5-4) available a feat by a pinch 4 warranted runs and 7 hits in 5.2 innings, and distinguished out five. Diaz (0-4) remained winless on a year, going usually 3.1 innings and gave adult 7 hits and 4 warranted runs. The Whitecaps enjoyed a offset offense on a night with Pinero tallying 3 hits and dual RBI’s. Athmann, Bauml and Machonis all contributed dual hits any as both Lansing and west Michigan had 11 hits on a night.
With a win, a Whitecaps available their second true quip feat and 16th altogether in 2017. The Whitecaps won for a sixth true time, changed 47-22 overall, 2-0 in a second half standings. Lansing forsaken their fourth true competition and slipped to 37-31 altogether in 2017 and 0-2 in a Midwest League’s second half.
The Whitecaps continue this four-game array opposite a Lansing Lugnuts Saturday on Star Wars night during 7:00p.m. Pitcher Greg Soto gets a start for West Michigan opposite Lansing righty Osman Gutierrez. Broadcast coverage with Dan Hasty and Mike Coleman starts on a Whitecaps Baseball Network during 6:50p.m. Tickets can be indifferent for any Whitecaps 2017 home competition by job a Whitecaps front bureau during 616-784-4131 or by visiting www.whitecapsbaseball.com.