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.