The West Michigan Whitecaps downed the Dayton Dragons 2-1 in game one of a doubleheader before having their second game suspended prior to the sixth inning due to curfew Friday night at LMCU Ballpark.
Whitecaps starter Beau Brieske (4-2) headlined the first game, striking out seven Dragons hitters through 5.2 innings to earn his fourth victory after nearly a two-hour rain delay. The second game becomes the first time the Whitecaps have had play suspended due to curfew since a 9-9 tie with the Peoria Chiefs in a game that lasted six hours and 16 innings on July 22, 2016.
Daniel Cabrera scored Eric De La Rosa on an RBI-double to open the action before Bryant Packard lifted a sacrifice fly an inning later to make it a 2-0 Whitecaps lead. Quinn Cotton notched the only run for the Dragons in the sixth before ‘Caps closer Jared Tobey slammed the door going 1.1 innings while striking out a pair in his first save on the season.
Dayton jumped out to a big lead in game two, plating five runs in the first inning – highlighted by a three-run homer from James Free – before the Whitecaps crossed two runners in the bottom half to trim the lead to 5-2. Both teams added a pair of tallies through the next four innings, making it 7-4 before play was halted due to the inability to start a new inning past 12:50 am local time, leading to the curfew-initiation suspension of play.
The ‘Caps and Dragons will continue to play in the top of the sixth inning beginning at 6:05 on Saturday before playing their regularly scheduled nine-inning contest afterward.
Once finishing the second game of our doubleheader, the Whitecaps and Dragons play their regularly scheduled contest against the Dragons on Saturday in a ballgame slated to begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of their suspended game. West Michigan sends righty Keider Montero to start on the mound against Dayton pitcher Eduardo Salazar. Broadcast coverage with Dan Hasty begins on the Whitecaps Baseball Network at 6:00 pm. Get your tickets for all 2021 home games now at www.whitecapsbaseball.com.