EASTLAKE, OH – The Western Michigan Whitecaps had just one game with six home runs as they put on their biggest offensive display of the season in a 16-8 loss to the Lake County captains Thursday night at Classic Park.
The Whitecaps set single-game records for home runs (6), hits (18), RBIs (15), runs (16) and extra hits (10) in the dominating victory. Josh Crouch becomes the third Whitecap to win a Grand Slam this season and the second in as many games, while No. 12 Tigers prospect Colt Keith had his first multi-home run in the pro ranks.
Daniel Cabrera, playing his first game with West Michigan since his assignment from Erie, homered on the first pitch of the game before Keith followed with his first home run, putting the ‘Caps up 2-0 in first. sleeve.
Lake County tied the game in third on a Korey Holland solo homer before Jhonkensy Noel lifted a sacrificial fly, 2-2.
Ben Malgeri added an RBI single in the fourth inning before West Michigan exploded for five runs in the fifth – with Crouch’s grand slam – to extend the lead to 8-2.
Lake County closed with a two-run bomb from Noel in the fifth before Keith and Bojarski added individual homers in the sixth and seventh frames, increasing the advantage to 10-4.
Lake County came back strong in the seventh inning, scoring four runs, highlighted by a two-run single from Angel Martinez, to cut the lead to 10-8.
The Whitecaps responded with their biggest run of the series, scoring six runs in the eighth as Jose King roped in a three-run triple before Malgeri added the sixth homer of the night, 16-8.
Lake County failed to spark a rally as Gio Arriera and Elvis Alvarado combined for 2.1 shutout innings to close the book on the 16-8 win.
Tigers No. 9 prospect Dylan Smith (5-3) earned his fifth win, allowing four runs in five innings with three strikeouts.
Captains starter Mason Hickman (1-4) suffers his fourth loss, giving up three runs in 3.1 innings.
The Whitecaps improve to 22-26 while the Captains drop to 24-23. The Whitecaps sent 42 batters home in the win, surpassing the original record (40) set May 18 in a 9-0 win over the Fort Wayne TinCaps.
The Whitecaps continue that six-game series with the Lake County captains on Friday at 7:00 p.m. Detroit Tigers Top 10 prospect Ty Madden gets the start for the Whitecaps against captains Gavin Williams.
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