Thanks to a stellar performance from their pitching staff, the West Michigan Whitecaps stole the second game of a three-game series with a 4-3 victory over the Great Lakes Loons on Tuesday night at Dow Diamond.
The victory ensures a series win for the ‘Caps, who have won six of their ten road games in the early season. The Loons swept an abbreviated two-game set against West Michigan at Fifth Third Ballpark last week.
The Whitecaps jumped on talented Loons starter Josiah Gray early, as Parker Meadows delivered a bunt single to score Reece Hampton, while Sam McMillan brought home another with an RBI-single to increase the ‘Caps lead to 2-0 after three innings. In the fifth, the Loons responded as Dillon Paulson’s run-scoring double put the Loons on the scoreboard, and Chris Roller tied the game with an RBI-single. West Michigan wasted no time answering back, as Jose King plated McMillan with a single in the sixth to reclaim a 3-2 lead, and Hampton singled to add an important insurance run and a 4-2 advantage. Romer Cuadrado’s infield single scored Jacob Amaya in the eighth before reliever Angel De Jesus worked out of additional trouble to end the threat.
Whitecaps starter Gio Arriera tossed 5.1 innings while giving up two runs on four hits while striking out four to earn his first win of the season. Loons reliever Joel Inoa (1-1) gave up a pair of West Michigan runs in the sixth in taking his first loss. Jose Vasquez entered and tossed a perfect ninth inning, catching Paulson and Roller on called third strikes to earn his first save as a member of the Whitecaps. West Michigan’s record improves to 8-9 in 2019 while the Loons fall to 7-11. Sam McMillan reached base four times with a single and three walks to go with an RBI, a run and stolen base as the Whitecaps took the second game of this three-game series to lead the offense.
The Whitecaps road trip concludes Wednesday from Dow Diamond against the Great Lakes Loons at 2:05 pm. Pitcher Kacey Murphy gets the start for West Michigan against Loons pitcher Guillermo Zuniga. Broadcast coverage with Dan Hasty starts on the Whitecaps Baseball Network at 1:55 pm. Tickets are available for any Whitecaps 2019 home contest by calling the Whitecaps front office at 616-784-4131 or by visiting www.whitecapsbaseball.com.