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.