DAYTON, OH – The West Michigan Whitecaps snapped a seven-game losing streak on Saturday and started a winning streak with a 13-4 Sunday victory over the Dayton Dragons in front of 5,655 fans at Day Air Ballpark.
The Whitecaps finish their 12-game road trip with a 5-7 record, winning the first three games at Peoria before taking the final two against the first-place Dragons.
West Michigan set the tone with a four-run third inning as Cooper Johnson singled to plate the first tally. Parker Meadows followed with a two-run single to highlight the frame. Dayton answered with three runs in the next two innings featuring a run-scoring double by Francisco Urbaez and RBI-single by Michael Siani to bring the ‘Caps lead to 4-3. In the fifth, Rey Rivera blasted a three-run homer – his seventh home run of the season – to extend the West Michigan lead to 8-4 after five frames. An inning later, Gage Workman collected an RBI-triple, and Jose King collected his third hit of the day with a run-scoring double to increase the Whitecaps lead to 12-4. In the ninth, Wenceel Perez lifted a double to score Johnson and conclude the ‘Caps scoring in the contest with a 13-4 victory.
Whitecaps reliever Zach Shepherd (5-1) picked up his Whitecaps team-leading fifth victory by tossing a pair of scoreless innings in relief, Dragons starting pitcher Jacques Pucheu (3-1) gave up four runs in 2.2 innings in suffering his first loss of the season. The Whitecaps improve to 27-31 on the season as Dayton falls to 34-25. Meadows reached base in all five of his plate appearances to lead the West Michigan offense in one of the biggest offensive outputs of the season.
The Whitecaps return home for the next two weeks, beginning with a six-day, seven-game series against the Fort Wayne TinCaps beginning Tuesday from LMCU Ballpark at 7:05 pm. West Michigan sends pitcher Brendan White to the mound against TinCaps lefty Erik Sabrowski. Broadcast coverage with Dan Hasty starts on the Whitecaps Baseball Network at 6:50 pm. Get your tickets for all 2021 home games now at www.whitecapsbaseball.com.