The West Michigan Whitecaps opened up their three game series in South Bend on Monday with a 4-2 victory. The win also came for the Whitecaps against Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish who is rehabbing in South Bend.
South Bend however responded in the fifth inning, tying the game at 1-1 when Miguel Amaya doubled home Roberto Caro.
Darvish exited the game after the fifth, giving up one earned run while striking out five.
South Bend’s Amaya added another RBI in the seventh inning when he singled home Austin Filiere to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead.
The Whitecaps responded with a three-run eighth inning led off by Jose Azocar who singled home Brock Deathrage. The Whitecaps added two more runs later in the inning when Azocar and Eric De La Rosa both scored on a South Bend error.
Azocar and Anthony Pereira each had two hits to lead the Whitecaps offense while Azocar and Morgan each added an RBI.
Whitecaps starter Tom de Blok allowed one run on six hits while striking out five in six innings of work. Reliever Felix Viloria notched the win, allowing one run on four hits in 1 and 1/3 innings.
The Whitecaps are now 39-36 overall and 3-2 in the second half, two games behind Lansing in the Midwest League Eastern Division.
The Cubs and Whitecaps will continue their series at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday.