The West Michigan Whitecaps dropped their series opener in Dayton 7-4 on Monday night.

Starting pitcher Matt Manning lasted only 2/3 of an inning while surrendering four runs on one hit.

Cole Buaml, Danny Woodrow, and Chad Sedio all led West Michigan with two hits while Danny Pinero led with two RBIs.

The Whitecaps are now 35-14 in the second half and two and a half games ahead of Fort Wayne for first place in the Midwest League Eastern Division second half standings.

West Michigan will continue its series at Dayton on Tuesday at 7 p.m.