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'Caps Go Big in Doubleheader Split

April 20, 2019 - Midwest League (MWL) - West Michigan Whitecaps News Release

FORT WAYNE, IN - The West Michigan Whitecaps enjoyed a breakout offensive performance as part of a 12-3 victory over the Fort Wayne TinCaps in the first game of a doubleheader Friday night at Parkview Field.

The second game saw a pitcher's duel go the way of the TinCaps as the "Caps fell by a score of 2-1.

The first game saw West Michigan score eight of their 12 runs in the first three innings. In the opening frame, Parker Meadows highlighted a four-run rally with a two-run single. An inning later, Ulrich Bojarski launched a two-run double in a three-run inning. Reece Hampton brought home a run in the third with a run-scoring triple. After Fort Wayne scored two in the sixth, West Michigan scored four more times in the seventh. Meadows connected for a towering home run, his second of the season, and first to have left the field of play. Meadows' first homer was of the inside-the-park variety in a game played in West Michigan against Great Lakes on April 12. Later in the inning, Bojarski chipped in with an RBI-double to conclude the scoring and cap a four-RBI performance in Game 1.

In Game 2, Jose King recorded a run-scoring double to account for the Whitecaps lone run but the team was shut down by TinCaps pitchers in the nightcap.

Whitecaps starter Wilkel Hernandez (2-1) allowed two runs in 5.1 innings to earn his second win of the season, while Carlos Guzman (1-2) allowed two runs and walked four batters in five frames in taking the Game 2 loss. Left-hander Joey Cantillo (0-1) gave up four runs in two-thirds of an inning in suffering the Game 1 loss, while Gabe Mosser (1-0) struck out five batters in five innings of one-run baseball, while TinCaps reliever Carlos Belen earned his second save of the year with two scoreless frames in Game 2.

West Michigan's record moves to 6-9 in 2019 while Fort Wayne improves to 9-7. The "Caps, who scored just ten runs during their five-game losing streak, scored a season-high 12 runs to snap out of their offensive funk in Game 1 of the doubleheader. The Game 2 loss marks the 200th loss in Fort Wayne in Whitecaps history. West Michigan still holds an all-time advantage in the series, leading 228-200 in games played between the teams.

UP NEXT

The Whitecaps series against the Fort Wayne TinCaps is scheduled to conclude on Saturday at 1:05 pm. Pitcher Gio Arriera makes a start for West Michigan against TinCaps lefty Ramon Perez. Broadcast coverage with Dan Hasty starts on the Whitecaps Baseball Network at 12:55 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.


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