COMSTOCK PARK, MI – The West Michigan Whitecaps enjoyed a dominant performance from starting pitcher Brendan White but could not execute with men in scoring position as they fell to the Dayton Dragons 2-0 Tuesday night at LMCU Ballpark.
White (1-1) collected the longest start of any ‘Caps pitcher this season, throwing 7.0 innings of one-run baseball on four strikeouts in the loss. Despite the tough-luck defeat, White has now allowed just one run in 19 innings since becoming a starter, and has amassed 20 strikeouts over that span. West Michigan failed to respond on offense finishing 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position in the shutout.
Dayton jumped ahead in the first inning as Jacob Hurtubise crossed the plate on a fielder’s choice to capture the 1-0 lead. The Whitecaps couldn’t plate any runs for White. West Michigan compiled only three hits the entire game as the Dragons added an insurance tally on a throwing error in the ninth inning to put the finishing touches on the 2-0 shutout victory.
Dragons starting pitcher Noah Davis (2-4) lasted six shutout frames while striking out six ‘Caps hitters in his second win of the year. The Dragons improve to 25-18 while the Whitecaps fall to 20-22. The Whitecaps have been shut out in back-to-back games and are 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position over that period. West Michigan now holds a record of 6-13 in June after a 14-9 performance in May.
The Whitecaps and Dragons continue their six-game series Wednesday at 7:05 pm. West Michigan sends lefty Adam Wolf to the mound against Dragons hurler Jacques Pecheu. Broadcast coverage begins on the Whitecaps Baseball Network at 6:50 pm. Get your tickets for all 2021 home games now at www.whitecapsbaseball.com.