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Whitecaps Wilt in Extras

April 16, 2019 - Midwest League (MWL) - West Michigan Whitecaps News Release

COMSTOCK PARK, MI - The first extra-inning game of the 2019 season for the West Michigan Whitecaps did not end favorably as the Lansing Lugnuts took a 6-2 victory in ten innings Monday night at Fifth Third Ballpark.

After tying the game in the seventh inning and sending it to extras, Lansing exploded for four tenth-inning runs to seal the victory.

The game opened with solid pitching performances for both starters, as Whitecaps starter Garrett Hill survived a shaky first inning surrendering a single and two walks, but the help of a critical double play helped Hill exit unscathed and would go on to pitch five shutout innings in his second start of 2019. The Whitecaps responded with a Nick Ames RBI-single in the first inning off starter Josh Winckowski to take an early 1-0 lead. The score remained until the "Caps sixth. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Jordan Pearce, who coaxed a bases-loaded walk and bump the lead to 2-0. Lansing knotted the contest at two in the seventh and would have taken the lead if not for a strong Whitecaps relay which gunned down Lugnuts infielder Otto Lopez attempting to score from third base. The game moved to the tenth inning, and Lansing wasted no time with three hits and four runs off Caps reliever Yaya Chentouf. Lansing's Dom Abbadessa provided the clincher in that rally with a two-run single to put the game out of reach. West Michigan had scoring opportunities in the game but went only 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position in the loss.

Chentouf (1-1) absorbed his first loss of the year, allowing four hits, two walks, two strikeouts, and three earned runs in two innings of relief. Lansing reliever Will McAffer (1-0) picked up the victory with three stellar relief innings of shutout baseball and only two singles allowed. Despite the no-decision, Hill has pitched ten innings in two starts for West Michigan, allowing just four hits, no runs and tallying 15 strikeouts. Offensively, Lansing outhit West Michigan nine to eight. Jeremiah Burks paced the Whitecaps offense with two singles. With the defeat, the Whitecaps fall for the third straight game of a five-game homestand, while Lansing wins for just the second time in their last six contests. Both teams now sport 5-6 records in 2019.

UP NEXT

The Whitecaps series against Lansing Lugnuts at Fifth Third Ballpark continues on Tuesday at 6:35 pm. Pitcher Kacey Murphy makes the start for West Michigan against Lugnuts pitcher Joey Murray. Broadcast coverage with Dan Hasty and Mike Coleman starts on the Whitecaps Baseball Network at 6:25 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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