Derek Hankins got the start and allowed two runs in seven innings. He struck out four, walked one, and gave up a home run. Matt Hoffman pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowing two hits, but didn’t give up a run. Evan Reed went 1.1 innings and walked a batter but didn’t allow a run to score.
Drew VerHagen (3.31 ERA) got the start for Lakeland and went 5.2 innings of one-run ball. He struck out three and only allowed three hits, but was fortunate to escape with minimal damage after issuing five walks. Melvin Mercedes notched his seventh save with no hits, no walk, and no strikeouts in a clean ninth inning.
A: West Michigan 7, Fort Wayne 4 (Delayed, 11th)
Jake Thompson made his season debut as the starting pitcher for the Whitecaps. He went 5.2 innings, struck out four batters, and gave up three runs on nine hits (one home run) and one walk.
Jared Reaves hit his second and third home runs of the season as part of a 2-3 day (plus two walks). Jeff Holm had three hits (one double) in six plate appearances. Danry Vasquez was 1-5, Devon Travis and Lance Durham each had a single and a walk, and Bennett Pickar doubled.