Whitecaps hand Dragons 3-1 loss on Saturday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – West Michigan starting pitcher Beau Burrows and two relievers combined to scatter seven hits as the Whitecaps defeated the Dayton Dragons 3-1 on Saturday night.  The Whitecaps have won the first two games in the series.

Burrows, the Detroit Tigers first round draft pick in 2015, worked five and one-third innings of shutout baseball, allowing six hits with two walks and three strikeouts.  He evened his record at 3-3 with the win.

The Whitecaps scored two runs in the first inning and added one more in the second to build an early 3-0 lead.  The Dragons did not score until the ninth, when James Vasquez raced in from third on a wild pitch.

Vasquez led the Dragons offense with three hits including two doubles.  The Dragons combined to go 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position, stranding six.

Dragons starting pitcher Jacob Constante (1-5) pitched well but suffered the loss.  He worked six and one-third innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits with two walks and one strikeout.  Manuel Aybar worked out of a tough jam in the seventh, replacing Constante with runners at second and third and one out, and stranding the runners.  Aybar worked one and two-thirds innings, allowing no hits or runs.

The Dragons (13-36) battle the Whitecaps (26-19) again on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in the third game of the series.  Jose Lopez (3-4, 4.44) will start for Dayton against West Michigan’s Kyle Dowdy (1-0, 1.01).

Notes: Entering the game, Vasquez led all of professional baseball in runs batted in since May 12.  Playing in 15 games since that date, Vasquez had delivered 20 RBI.

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