Fireworks erupt between Whitecaps and Dayton in West Michigan road win

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If minor league baseball fans in Dayton, Ohio came out to Sunday's match up between the
Dragons (32-17) and the visiting Whitecaps (34-15) expecting excitement, they got their money's worth. 

In the third segment of their four-game road stretch, the Whitecaps sent Spenser Watkins (2-2, 3.38 ERA) to the hill, hoping to rebound from the Saturday loss that snapped a prior seven-game win streak for West Michigan. 

Watkins successfully held the Dragons to a single run through his campaign, coming off a solo home run surrendered to Dayton right fielder
Jose Siri in the third inning. On the night, Watkins surrendered four hits and fanned five without registering a walk. 

Fast forward to the bottom of the sixth inning where Jose Siri decided to try his hand at an extra bag after looping a single into right field. After sliding safe to second base, Dayton broadcast video showed Whitecaps second baseman Daniel Pinero stepping on the ankle of Siri, as Pinero climbed to his feet after the play. Siri responded by jumping up with a shove to the back of Pinero and the clearing of both benches soon followed. 

More video would confirm Whitecaps outfielder
Cam Gibson receiving a solid right hook from Dayton pitcher Wennington Romero and charging in from the bullpen, West Michigan reliever Eduardo Jimenez fired a baseball, striking Dayton reliever Jesse Stallings in the leg. The incident involving Jimenez appeared to go unnoticed by umpires and Jimenez would remain in the game.

Following the explosion, both Siri and Pinero were ejected and a weather system moving through the area stole the show by creating an hour long rain delay. 

Once activity resumed, new Whitecaps submarine pitching addition
John Schreiber (1-0, 0.00 ERA) worked a trio of scoreless frames, walking two and striking out four for West Michigan, before opening the door for closer Tom De Blok (0-0, 1.42 ERA). 

With the second of his two hits on the night, West Michigan DH
Cole Bauml would make his way in to score off a fielder's choice in the 10th from Chad Sedio to give the Whitecaps the winning edge in a roller coaster of an evening at Fifth Third Field.

For West Michigan, Schreiber's campaign earned his first Class A win and De Blok's scoreless 10th inning of work for West Michigan secured his first Save on the year since signing with the Tigers in April.

Coming up next: The Whitecaps close out their four-game road series with the Dragons on Monday, sending southpaw Eudis Idrogo (2-1, 2.36 ERA) to the mound to face red-hot Dayton starter Tony Santillan (2-2, 2.35 ERA). 
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