Whitecaps stay hot with 2nd half start

Whitecaps 7Lugnuts 5

COMSTOCK PARK, MICH. - Danny Pinero doubled and singled twice, scoring a couple of runs while also driving home two as the West Michigan Whitecaps topped the Lansing Lugnuts 7-5 on Friday.

Sam Machonis doubled and singled for West Michigan.

Jake Shull got Mitch Nay to hit into a double play with a runner on first to end the game for his first save of the season.

Trailing 2-1, the Whitecaps took the lead for good with four runs in the fourth inning. The Whitecaps sent 10 men to the plate as Cole Bauml and Pinero hit RBI singles en route to the three-run lead.

The Whitecaps later tacked on two runs in the fifth when Pinero hit an RBI double and then scored on an error to secure the victory.

Lansing saw its comeback attempt come up short after Christian Williams hit an RBI single in the seventh inning to help cut the West Michigan lead to 7-5.

West Michigan starter Alfred Gutierrez (5-4) picked up the win despite allowing four runs and seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. Opposing starter Denis Diaz (0-4) took the loss in the Midwest League game after a rough outing in which he allowed five runs and seven hits over 3 1/3 innings.

With the win, West Michigan improved to 6-1 against Lansing this season.

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