LANSING – The West Michigan Whitecaps surpassed their season total in home runs in a four-inning span on Thursday night.
The result was a 6-0 victory over the Lansing Lugnuts in a game played before 6,282 spectators at Jackson Field.
The Whitecaps, who totaled three home runs in their first five games, belted four home runs on Thursday. Austin Murr, Eliezer Alfonzo, Izaac Pacheco and Ben Malgeri hit homers in the back half of the contest to put them in first place in the Midwest League Eastern Division.
Entering the fifth, with a 1-0 advantage, Murr hit his home run to make it 2-0.
In the sixth, the Whitecaps launched back-to-back home runs for the first time since May 10, 2022, when Alfonzo blasted a 446-foot two-run homer to extend the edge to 4-0. Pacheco followed with an opposite-field solo blast, his first of the season, to bring the lead to 5-0.
Malgeri concluded the scoring with a home run in the eighth, his team-leading third of the season.
The Whitecaps take over first place in the Eastern Division at 5-1, while the Lugnuts fall to 4-2.
‘Caps reliever Angel Reyes (1-0) tossed 2.2 scoreless innings in relief to collect his first win of the season. Lugnut starter Joelvis Del Rosario (0-1) gave up five runs and three home runs in the loss.
Outfielder Ben Malgeri extended his hitting streak to six games and scored three of the Whitecaps’ six runs.
The West Michigan pitching staff has given up just 12 runs in their first six games.
The Whitecaps play the fourth game of this six-game series against the Lansing Lugnuts on Friday at 6:05 pm.
Pitcher Keider Montero makes his second start of the year against Lugnuts righty Jacob Watters.
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