Whitecaps swept in rainy twin bill

On an evening that consisted of wind chills in the thirties and rain for the latter part of a Friday night, the West Michigan Whitecaps lost both ends of a doubleheader to the Lansing Lugnuts at Fifth Third Ballpark, dropping the first game, 4-1, before falling in the rain-shortened nightcap, 5-1. After entering play on Thursday with a five-game winning streak, West Michigan (7-6) suddenly finds themselves having lost three in a row and in need of a victory against Lansing (10-4) on Saturday to avoid a four-game sweep.
Apr 23, 2011


Lansing starting pitcher Drew Hutchison (1-0) controlled the action in Game One, tossing six strong innings while allowing just one run and six hits. He struck out six, issued one walk, and induced a pair of double plays on his way to the win.

The Lugnuts jumped out to an early lead in Game Two thanks to an unearned run in the top of the first, but it was a two-out explosion in the fifth inning that blew the game open.
Whitecaps’ starter Kevin Eichhorn had allowed just two hits and no earned run through 4.2 innings before Lansing tagged him for five consecutive hits. After a flare-single by Garis Pena kept the inning alive, Jonathan Jones and Oliver Dominguez cracked back-to-back run-scoring doubles and Marisnick hammered an RBI-triple to left-center. K.C. Hobson capped the rally with a double to left, giving the Lugnuts a 5-0 lead.
Eichhorn (0-1) suffered the loss, charged with five runs — four earned — on seven hits over 4.2 frames. He struck out six without issuing a walk.


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