Whitecaps blast Dragons

The West Michigan Whitecaps pounded out a season-high 16 hits in their most lopsided victory of the year on Sunday, defeating the Dayton Dragons, 8-0, in front of a Mother's Day crowd of 5,254 at Fifth Third Ballpark. West Michigan (12-17) won its fourth game in a row while Dayton (15-16) lost for the seventh time in its last eight games.
Tribune Staff
May 9, 2011

Ryan Hamme led the charge with a 4-for-4 performance in his Whitecaps debut, while Hernan Perez went 3-for-5 with three doubles and James Robbins provided the exclamation point with a late three-run homer that put the game out of reach.

Kyle Ryan (2-3) led a trio of pitchers in an eight-hit shutout to earn the victory. The 19-year-old lefty scattered six hits over 6.2 innings, striking out four without issuing a walk and inducing a pair of groundball double plays. Relievers Dan Gentzler and Nathan Newman combined to throw the final 2.1 innings to complete the shutout.

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