Whitecaps top Dragons 5-1

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – Will Maddox collected four hits and four West Michigan pitchers combined to allow only five hits as the Whitecaps defeated the Dayton Dragons 5-1 on Saturday night.  The Whitecaps have won the first two games in the series.

Dayton’s Brantley Bell had a strong night at the plate in a losing effort.  Bell connected on his first professional career home run, a game-tying solo shot in the second inning.  Bell later walked twice and added a single, going 2 for 2 while reaching base in all four plate appearances.

West Michigan scored one run in the first inning before Bell’s home run evened the score in the top of the second.  But Maddox delivered a three-run double in the bottom of the second to give the Whitecaps a 4-1 lead.  Cam Gibson homered in the eighth to close out the scoring.

Dragons starting pitcher Austin Orewiler (3-12) suffered the loss.  He worked three innings and allowed four runs on five hits with one walk and two strikeouts.  A 90-minute rain delay brought Orewiler’s outing to an early end.

The Dragons bullpen had a good night in relief of Orewiler.  Sandy Lugo tossed three scoreless innings, extending his shutout streak to 13.1 consecutive innings.  Jacob Constante and Manuel Aybar combined to go the final two innings with Aybar allowing one run.

The Dragons (20-35, 41-84) meet the Whitecaps (24-29, 63-57) on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 in the last game of the three-game series.  Wendolyn Bautista (0-0, 5.27) will start for the Dragons against West Michigan’s Spenser Watkins (4-2, 2.52).

The next Dragons home game is Monday night when they host the Lansing Lugnuts at Fifth Third Field in the start to a four-game series.

Notes:  The game had two separate rain delays totaling one hour, 58 minutes.  The first delay lasted 28 minutes before the game began.  After three innings, rain forced a delay of 90 minutes.

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