Whitecaps Break Out the Brooms; Sweep Dragons with 14-1 Win
Comstock Park, MI- It was over early. The West Michigan Whitecaps erupted for a seven run second inning, highlighted by Jeff Frazier's grand slam, and pounded the Dayton Dragons in the wrap up game of the three game series at Fifth Third Ballpark 14-1. The Friday night Caps win gave the club a victory in the season series against the Dragons, as West Michigan took eight of 13 games.
James Morrison (L, 0-2), got the start for Dayton and was knocked around by the Whitecaps, who picked up a pair of runs in the first inning and seven more in the second, handing the Dragon right hander his second loss of the season in as many decisions. An error by Chris Kroski and an RBI single by Frazier put the Caps up 2-0. Morrison was tagged in the second inning for a touchdown as the Whitecaps batted around scoring seven runs on five hits. Clete Thomas and Brent Dlugach added RBI singles; Frazier provided the big blow with a grand slam which was followed by a solo shot off the bat of Wilkin Ramirez. West Michigan led 9-0 after two innings.
Morrison was done after 2.0 innings allowing nine runs, seven of which were earned. Brad Cherry (ND) was the lone bright spot for the Dragons pitching staff on the night tossing 2.0 innings of perfect relief, striking out four of the six Whitecaps he faced.
West Michigan knocked around Dragons pitching the rest of the night, picking up two runs and five hits off Jon George (ND) in the 2.0 innings he worked and three runs and seven hits off Jared Sanders in the 3.0 innings he worked.
Dayton's lone run came off Caps starter Jair Jurrjens (W, 7-4) in the sixth inning. Jeremiah Piepkorn plated Phil Gentry with an RBI single. Jurrjens dominated the Dragons picking up his seventh win on the season and third against Dayton. In 6.0 innings Jurrjens scattered four hits and allowed one run. Jurrjens struck out seven and walked just one. Freddy Dolsi (ND), 2.0 innings and Ed Clellland (ND), 1.0 inning threw shutout relief, blanking the Dragons over the final three innings of the game
Saturday night, the Dragons are back home at Fifth Third Field to open an eight game home stand with a four game series against the Swing of the Quad Cities. Saturday's first pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM with1410 ESPN Radio WING AM broadcasting the game live, beginning with the pre game show at 6:30 PM. LHP Philippe Valiquette gets the start for the Dragons, while Quad Cities will counter with RHP Matt Scherer.
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