Whitecaps offense falls flat in road loss

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The West Michigan Whitecaps (3-1) sent 21-year-old righthander Anthony Castro (0-1, 6.75 ERA) to the hill on Sunday afternoon for a debut they hoped would close a series sweep against the hosting South Bend Cubs (1-3).

Castro worked the opening four innings of the day for the Whitecaps, allowing a pair of runs in the first, followed by a scoreless second with more South Bend offense striking again in the third. Castro closed his debut with five strikeouts, while allowing three earned runs and walking just one.

At the plate, West Michigan struggled to ignite much in the way of offense with Josh Lester leading the Whitecaps with a pair of hits. Shortstop Daniel Pinero drove the only West Michigan run across the plate with one of the five total hits for the Whitecaps on the day.

Lefty reliever Trent Szkutnik (0-0, 4.50 ERA) wasn't able to find a better route, surrendering three runs off seven hits without a strikeout in his four innings of work.

Finishing 5-for-33 at the plate with 17 men left on base, West Michigan couldn't match the pace of the 11-hit afternoon for the Cubs, forcing them to close out the series with a 7-1 loss. Anthony Castro takes the loss in his Low-A debut.

Coming up next: The road stretch continues for West Michigan as they travel to Dayton to begin a three-game series with the Dragons at Fifth Third Field. Tigers 2016 7th round pick lefty Austin Sodders will get the nod to begin the series.
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