LANSING, MI - The West Michigan Whitecaps smacked a season-high 19 hits and became just the second club in franchise history to belt 90 home runs during a 13-1 rout of the Lansing Lugnuts on Sunday afternoon at Cooley Law School Stadium.
West Michigan (36-32, 69-69) used back-to-back five-run innings to seize a 10-0 lead by the fourth, tying season-highs with 13 runs scored and a 12-run margin of victory. The Whitecaps have a chance to finish the season with an overall record above .500 with a victory in their regular season finale against Lansing (28-41, 60-78) on Monday afternoon.
Every Whitecaps' hitter registered at least one hit and either a run or an RBI during Sunday's offensive onslaught. Jared Reaves singled in his first four at-bats during a 4-for-6 day while Raph Rhymes, Jake Stewart and Harold Castro collected three hits apiece. Stewart and Connor Harrell each drove in three runs with Stewart adding his 14th home run of the year.
The game was scoreless until seven consecutive Whitecaps reached base with one out in the top of the third inning.
A single by Castro and a double by Rhymes put runners at second and third, setting the stage for consecutive run-scoring singles from Reaves and Jason King to stake the 'Caps to a 2-0 lead. After a walk loaded the bases, Harrell lined a single to left and Dominic Ficociello clubbed an opposite-field two-run double to make it a 5-0 ballgame.
West Michigan batted around again in the fourth. After Durham drew a bases-loaded walk, Harrell and Stewart each contributed two-run singles as the lead swelled to 10-0.
That was more than enough run support for a Whitecaps' pitching staff that allowed just four hits.
Calvin Drummond (3-2) earned the win in his second consecutive spot start, dealing five shutout innings with just three hits allowed. Drummond struck out four and walked one, using just 52 pitches to cruise through a seamless outing.
Stewart pushed the lead to 11-0 with a solo homer in the sixth, ending his day a triple shy of a cycle. The 'Caps added four consecutive two-out hits in the eighth, including an RBI-single by Austin Green that grew the lead to 13-0.
Lansing scored their only run in the bottom of the eighth, breaking up the shutout on a solo home run by Dalton Pompey.
The Whitecaps play their final home game of the 2013 season on Monday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. against the Lansing Lugnuts at Cooley Law School Stadium. RHP Jeff Thompson (2-2, 3.63) is scheduled to pitch for West Michigan against RHP Kendall Graveman (1-3, 3.89) of Lansing.
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