The West Michigan Whitecaps battled the elements just as much as their opponent in a 4-0 defeat at the hands of the Fort Wayne TinCaps in front of 4,942 fans Friday night at Fifth Third Ballpark.
The Whitecaps and TinCaps played the majority of Friday’s game in a driving rain which saw both teams scoreless until a fourth inning wild pitch by West Michigan starting pitcher Beau Burrows gave Fort Wayne a 1-0 lead.
On the other side, TinCaps pitching was brilliant as starter Jacob Nix and reliever Enyel De Los Santos (2-1) combined for a two-hit shutout while striking out nine. The Caps didn’t reach base until Shane Zeile ripped a two-out triple in the fifth. Fort Wayne added a trio of insurance runs late in the ballgame to pick up the win, snapping their three-game losing streak.
De Los Santos earns his second win of the season after tossing five innings of scoreless baseball, while Burrows (1-3) took the tough-luck loss despite allowing only one run. The loss sends the ‘Caps back to the .500 mark at 16-16, while the TinCaps improve to 19-16.