The West Michigan Whitecaps ended a three-game losing streak Tuesday afternoon by defeating the Great Lakes Loons 5-0 in front of 7,386 fans at Fifth Third Ballpark. LSJ Logo incert

Whitecaps pitcher Matt Hall improved his record to 7-0 by allowing just two hits and striking out seven in five innings while lowering his lead-leading ERA clippersto 0.65.  It was the fourth time in his last five starts Hall did not allow a run.

The only offense in the game came in the fourth inning when the Whitecaps sent 10 men to the plate. The inning started off with five straight singles. The third of those singles came off of a bunt by Whitecaps catcher Shane Zeile to load the bases. That was followed by back-to-back singles by Jose Azocar and Leonardo Laffita gave the Whitecaps a 2-0 lead.

After a Steven Fuentes strike out, Cam Gibson singled in a run, then second baseman David Gonzales hit a ground-rule double giving the Whitecaps a 5-0 lead.

Whitecaps relievers Ryan Milton and Drew Smith each threw two scoreless innings to seal the victory.

The win moved the Whitecaps to 33-22 on the season. They are one game behind the first-place South Bend Cubs with 12 games left in the first half of the season.