LANSING, MI - The West Michigan Whitecaps used a five-run second inning, and pitcher Adam Wolf dominated in six solid innings en route to a 6-4 victory over the Lansing Lugnuts Wednesday night at Cooley Law School Stadium.
On a chilly evening with temperatures barely over 40 degrees, the 'Caps bats caught fire in the second when Ulrich Bojarski lined a solo home run down the left field line, his first homer of the 2019 season to give the Whitecaps a 1-0 lead. Later in the frame, Jeremiah Burks launched a two-run double to left-center field, scoring Avery Tuck and Sam McMillan to increase the lead to 3-0. Three batters later, first baseman Nick Ames hammered a two-run double of his own to give West Michigan a 5-0 advantage. In the fourth, Johnny Valente plated Burks with a run-scoring groundout in extending the lead to 6-0. Lansing countered with single runs in four different innings highlighted by a solo home run for catcher Hagen Danner. The Lugnuts brought the potential game-winning run to the plate in the ninth before Otto Lopez grounded out to put the Whitecaps over the .500 mark for the first time this season.
Wolf (1-1) pitched six innings of one-run baseball, keeping Lugnuts hitters off-balance all night while striking out six in earning his first victory. Lansing starter Joey Murray (1-1) lasted just two innings and allowed five runs to take his first loss of the 2019 season. Drew Crosby allowed a run in the ninth but earned his first save with the club. The Whitecaps record moves over .500 at 4-3 while Lansing falls to 3-4. Infielder Jeremiah Burks paced the Whitecaps offense with a 3-for-5 performance with two singles, a double, two runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base in the victory. Bojarski and Ames each added two hits apiece.
The Whitecaps conclude this four-game home-and-home series against the Lansing Lugnuts on Thursday from Cooley Law School Stadium at 1:05 pm. Pitcher Wilkel Hernandez gets the start for West Michigan against Lansing pitcher Josh Hiatt. Broadcast coverage with Dan Hasty starts on the Whitecaps Baseball Network at 12:55 pm. 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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