FORT WAYNE, IN – The West Michigan Whitecaps fell behind early and never recovered as they lost to the Fort Wayne TinCaps in front of 1,711 fans on Thursday night at Parkview Field by a score of 10-3.
The Whitecaps fall to 1-3 on the season while the TinCaps improve to 3-1 in the early stages of the 2021 season.
Friday’s contest began with the Whitecaps taking the lead on their only run of the game thanks to a bases-loaded walk to Bryant Packard to take a 1-0 lead. Fort Wayne took advantage of a dropped pop-up by shortstop Trei Cruz to score twice and take a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the opening frame. Later in the inning, RBI-doubles by Michael Curry and Kelvin Melean bumped the Fort Wayne lead to 5-1.
In the second, ‘Caps reliever Xavier Javier walked three batters and gave up a grand slam to Augustin Ruiz to blow the TinCaps lead wide open to 9-1. Meanwhile, the Whitecaps offense amassed just three base hits in the contest, only getting a baserunner as far as third base on two different occasions after the first inning. Fort Wayne outfielder Jawuan Harris, who homered to lead off the first inning, added an RBI-double to extend the Fort Wayne lead to 10-1. In the ninth, Andre Lipcius launched his first home run of the season as the ‘Caps plated two runs and completed the scoring at 10-3.
Whitecaps starter Beau Brieske (0-1) gave up five runs in the first inning in suffering his first loss of the 2021 season, while Fort Wayne reliever Brandon Komar (1-0) tossed 3.2 scoreless innings to take his first victory of the season. Lipcius drew a pair of walks and his home run to pace the West Michigan offense, while Packard walked three times in a losing cause.
The fifth game of this six-game series against the Fort Wayne TinCaps commences Saturday at 6:35 pm. The West Michigan starting pitcher is still to be determined against the TinCaps Moises Lugo. Broadcast coverage with Dan Hasty begins on the Whitecaps Baseball Network at 6:20 pm. A limited number of tickets are available for select Whitecaps 2021 home contests by calling the Whitecaps front office at 616-784-4131 or visiting www.whitecapsbaseball.com.