South Bend offense proves too much for Whitecaps

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After taking four of their first five outings against the South Bend Cubs (5-4), the Whitecaps (4-5) entered the second game of their three-game home stand, hoping to add another notch to their resume.

Whitecaps Spenser Watkins (1-1, 2.70 ERA) took the hill for his second start of the 2017 season, finding a bit of difficulty in facing a hungry South Bend offense through his 4 2/3 innings of work. 

Watkins surrendered four runs, three earned off seven hits, striking out a pair before he would exit to make room for reliever Trent Szkutnik (1-0, 5.19 ERA). 

The Cubs would to tag Szkutnik for another pair of runs, part of an over 11-hit evening. Offensively, West Michigan again found difficulty to drum up the run support to back the Whitecaps pitching staff. Leading the charge with a pair of hits, infielder Anthony Pereira launched his first home run of the year, joining a long ball from Blaise Salter, his second on the year.

Salter & Pereira combined for three of the four overall hits on the night for West Michigan, who finished 4-for-30 at the plate. A continued lack of run support forced the Whitecaps into their second loss to the Cubs to start 2017. Whitecaps starter Spenser Watkins takes the loss, moving to 1-1 on the year.

Coming up next: West Michigan looks to close out their three-game series with the Cubs on Saturday, sending righty Anthony Castro (0-1, 6.75 ERA) to the hill for his second 2017 start. 
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