Matt Manning dazzles, strikes out eight while picking up first victory of season

LocalSportsJournal.com

Matt Manning showed his potential on Wednesday afternoon in an 8-5 West Michigan victory over Clinton.

Manning, a top Detroit Tigers prospect, allowed only four hits over six innings while striking out eight and walking only one. Manning evened his record to 1-1 on the season and reduced his ERA to 5.17 on the season.

Ignacio Valdez and Alexis Garcia paced the Whitecaps offense with two hits each. Valdez finished with four RBIs on the day while Garcia added three RBIs of his own. Reynaldo Rivera reached base five times, finishing with two hits and three walks.

Wladimir Pinto picked up his seventh save of the season, allowing one hit and one walk over 1 and 2/3 innings. Pinto has yet to allow a run this season over 11 and 1/3 innings.

The Whitecaps are now 18-14 on the season and sit in fourth place of the Midwest League Eastern Division, two games behind first place Bowling Green.

The Whitecaps will continue their home stand on Thursday, welcoming Burlington for a three-game series beginning at 7:05 p.m.

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