‘Caps Fall in 5-3 Defeat

Eric De La Rosa captured the longest hitting streak for any West Michigan Whitecaps player this season, but the team fell short as part of a 5-3 loss to the Lansing Lugnuts in front of 4,904 fans at LMCU Ballpark.

The 24-year-old De La Rosa finished the night 1-for-4 with an RBI, capturing the longest hitting streak of any Whitecaps hitter this season at 11 games. De La Rosa is hitting .409 with two doubles, a pair of triples, and six RBIs over his last five games.

Lansing jumped all over ‘Caps starter Brendan White, plating four runs on seven hits – including a two-run home run from Patrick McColl before De La Rosa roped an RBI-double to make the score 4-1 at the end of the fourth. The Lugnuts added another run in the fifth inning as Andrew Navigato and Wenceel Perez both added individual RBIs to make it a 5-3 Lansing lead at the end of the fifth. West Michigan didn’t manage a hit the remainder of the game as Lansing closer Brock Whittlesley slammed the door in the ninth to earn the save and a Lugnuts victory.

Lansing starter Colin Peluse (4-2) allowed three runs through six innings of work in his fourth win, as Whittlesley collected his second save of the season with a pair of strikeouts. White (2-4) allowed five runs on ten hits while striking out four in his fourth loss of 2021. The Lugnuts improve to 34-37 as the Whitecaps fall to 32-38. The Whitecaps haven’t won a six-game series since a sweep of the Lake County Captains to conclude the month of May.


The Whitecaps play the final game of this six-game series against the Lansing Lugnuts from LMCU Ballpark Sunday at 7:05 pm. West Michigan sends southpaw Adam Wolf to the mound against Lugnuts pitcher David Leal. Broadcast coverage with Nate Wangler starts on the Whitecaps Baseball Network at 5:45 pm. Get your tickets for all 2021 home games now at