Pitching inconsistencies trip up West Michigan is loss to Dragons

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Coming off a radiant Low-A debut with the West Michigan Whitecaps (3-4) last week, Kyle Funkhouser (0-0, 9.00 ERA) took the hill in Dayton for their road series finale with the Dragons (5-2). 

The Dragons made it a point to do Funkhouser and the West Michigan defense no favors, taking Funkhouser deep in the first and second innings for two of the six overall hits allowed in his two inning outing. Before his exit, the Dragons would tag the righty for seven earned runs when all was said and done.

The Whitecaps offense, which has struggled to gather momentum here early in the season battled for nine overall hits, led by Jacob Robson and Cam Gibson, each offering up two hits apiece. 

In relief, Zac Houston and Fernando Perez combined for five scoreless innings, striking out eight and walking just two. 

Entering to close the door for West Michigan with an 8-7 lead, Bryan Garcia (0-1, 13.50 ERA) was unable to hold off Dayton, surrendering a two-run double to Dragons' Michael Beltre, followed by an RBI single to score Beltre. 

With West Michigan unable to push back, Dayton walked away with the series sweep and handing Garcia his first loss and blown save for 2017.

Coming up next: The Whitecaps return home to Fifth Third Ballpark for the start of a three-game home stand against the South Bend Cubs, beginning Thursday. 21-year-old West Michigan lefty Eudis Idrogo (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will get the start for the Whitecaps.
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