The West Michigan Whitecaps extended their winning streak into double digits and the Dayton Dragons ended their double-digit losing streak Friday.
The Whitecaps took sole possession of first place in the Eastern Division on Thursday, and their 2-1 win over the South Bend Cubs on Friday extended their division lead to two games. South Bend and the Lake County Captains are tied for second place behind West Michigan.
The Whitecaps won behind another strong start by pitcher Beau Burrows, who allowed only one hit and one walk in six scoreless innings. Cubs starter Preston Morrison took the loss despite giving up only one unearned run on four hits and no walks in six innings.
At Fort Wayne’s Parkview Field, the Dragons snapped their 12-game losing streak by shutting out the TinCaps 4-0. Dayton has the worst record in the Midwest League (14-41), and it’s not even close — the Great Lakes Loons are 22-31 and the Quad Cities River Bandits are 23-31.
Both the Loons and the River Bandits lost Friday. The Loons blew a three-run lead to lose 4-3 to the Captains in 10 innings. The Burlington Bees beat the River Bandits 2-1, despite an attempted rally by Quad Cities in the bottom of the 9th inning. (Click here to watch Burlington’s Michael Hermosillo make the game-ending catch before crashing into the outfield wall.)
The Clinton LumberKings also staved off a last-inning rally, holding on to beat the Beloit Snappers 4-2. The LumberKings got a three-run homer from top Seattle Mariners prospect Alex Jackson, who has four homers and 12 RBI but is batting only .115 with 18 strikeouts in 15 games with Clinton this season.
In Cedar Rapids, the Peoria Chiefs used 14 hits, eight walks, three wild pitches and two errors to beat the first-place Kernels 13-4. Eliezer Alvarez led the Chiefs offense with four hits, a walk and three RBI. Brian O’Keefe hit a three-run homer for Peoria.
The Kernels’ loss allowed the Chiefs and the LumberKings to move within a game of the top spot in the Western Division standings.
At Fox Cities Stadium, Timber Rattlers leadoff hitter Blake Allemand went 3-for-3 to lead Wisconsin to a 2-0 win over the Kane County Cougars. Allemand now has a 12-game hitting streak and has eight hits in his last eight plate appearances. (The Midwest League record for consecutive hits is 10, set by Fort Wayne’s Rene Lopez in 1993.)
Timber Rattlers starting pitcher Miguel Diaz gave up only two hits, one walk and a balk while striking out eight batters in 6.1 scoreless innings to earn his first win of the season.
At Lansing’s Cooley Law School Stadium, the Lugnuts got a stellar start from pitcher Angel Perdomo, but the Bowling Green Hot Rods scored five times in the last two innings to win 5-0. Perdomo gave up only one hit and two walks while striking out eight batters in six scoreless innings.