Hill's Streak Snaps in 'Caps Loss

By West Michigan Whitecaps | May 13, 2019 11:42 PM

LANSING, MI - West Michigan Whitecaps pitcher Garrett Hill's bid to make franchise history was foiled by shaky defense a 4-2 defeat by the Lansing Lugnuts Monday night at Cooley Law School Stadium.

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Hill, who entered Monday's game with an active scoreless innings stretch of 26 frames, cruised into the second inning of a scoreless tie when shortstop Wenceel Perez committed an error with two outs in the frame that led to an RBI-triple by infielder Rafael Lantigua to give the Lugnuts a 1-0 lead, and snapped the streak at 27.2 innings. The longest scoreless innings streak in franchise history by a starter remains intact for 1998 Whitecaps pitcher Greg Romo, who tallied 31.1 consecutive scoreless frames.

The Whitecaps responded with their first run in the third when Reece Hampton stroked a run-scoring single into center field to plate Jose King and tie the game at one. The score remained the same until the seventh when a bloop-single by McGregory Contreras scored Nick Podkul to break the 1-1 tie. Tanner Kirwer followed with a sacrifice bunt that scored a pair of runs due to a throwing error by first baseman Jordan Pearce to help the Lugnuts take a 4-1 advantage. Nick Ames extended his hitting streak to 13 games with an RBI-double to give West Michigan a run in the eighth, but the 'Caps failed with runners at second and third with none out. Ulrich Bojarski and Parker Meadows struck out before Jordan Pearce had a potential two-run single wiped away with a diving play by Lantigua to end the threat.

Winckowski (3-1) tossed seven stellar innings, allowing one run while striking out four in earning his third win of the 2019 season. Hill (2-1) allowed four runs (two earned) in 6.1 frames and struck out seven in taking his first loss as a Whitecap. Jackson Rees tossed a scoreless ninth and worked out of a 'Caps scoring threat to earn his first save of the season. West Michigan falls to 16-19 with the defeat while Lansing improves its record to 15-21 in 2019. Hampton led the 'Caps offense with a three-hit performance. As a team, the Whitecaps had three at-bats in the game's final three innings with runners at second and third base with less than two outs and went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts.

UP NEXT

The Whitecaps continue this three-game series against the Lansing Lugnuts with a Tuesday morning contest at 10:35 am. Pitcher Gio Arriera starts for West Michigan against Lansing righty Josh Hiatt. Broadcast coverage with Dan Hasty begins on the Whitecaps Baseball Network at 10:25 am. Tickets are available for any Whitecaps 2019 home contest by calling the Whitecaps front office at 616-784-4131 or by visiting www.whitecapsbaseball.com.

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