The West Michigan Whitecaps won their fifth straight game in a 3-2 defeat of the Dayton Dragons 3-2 Sunday at Fifth Third Ballpark.LSJ Logo incert

The winning streak has left the Whitecaps with a 27-19 record. They are in second place in the Midwest League’s Eastern Division, three games behind first-place South Bend and one game ahead of second-place Lake County.whitecaps logo not for feature art

The Whitecaps tallied single runs in the first and second innings, highlighted by a run-scoring double from centerfielder Derek Hill to take a 2-0 lead.

Dayton found its way to the scoreboard in the third on a solo home run by catcher Jose Duarte.

West Michigan’s Arvicent Perez hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning, giving the Whitecaps a 3-1 lead. Perez led the team on the day with two hits, including a triple.

The Dragons scored the game’s final run in the eighth.

Whitecaps starting pitcher Kyle Dowdy (2-0) was excellent in tossing seven innings while allowing just a run

Jake Shull was summoned from the Caps bullpen and retired the last four Dragons hitters to record his seventh save, tying Gerson Moreno for the team lead.