West Michigan sets new shutout record while nearly being no-hit in 3-0 victory


The West Michigan Whitecaps set a franchise record of 20 shutout victories in one season with a 3-0 victory over Lake County on Saturday night.

With the shutout victory, West Michigan passes the franchise record of 19 which was set in the 2000 season.

West Michigan scored three runs in the game but were no hit until the eighth inning. In the first inning Derek Hill reached base after being hit by a pitch. Hill then proceeded to steal second and third before socring on an Austin Athmann groundout.

That 1-0 lead held until the seventh inning when Danny Pinero walked and Anthony Pereira was hit by a pitch. Chad Sedio bunted Pinero and Pereira each up a base before Pinero scored on a wild pitch. Pereira later scored in the inning on a Dylan Burdeaux sacrifice fly.

Danny Woodrow had the lone Whitecaps hit when he tripled in the eighth inning.

Starting pitcher Tom De Blok picked up his third win of the season, tossing 6 2/3 innings while striking out eight and surrendering three hits. Reliever Zac Houston picked up the save, pitching the final 2 1/3 innings while striking out five and walking two.

West Michigan will continue its series with Lake County on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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