The South Bend Cubs defeated the West Michigan Whitecaps 10-3 Saturday and ended the ‘Caps 10-game winning streak in the first game of a shortened double-header at Four Winds Field in South Bend, IN.
Will Maddox got the ‘Caps off to a good start, singling and scoring in the first. But Whitecaps pitcher Kyle Dowdy found trouble on the mound in the bottom half of the inning. After walking the first batter, Dowdy allowed two runs before Ian Rice’ two-run home run made it 4-1.
Dowdy’s troubles continued in the second inning when Matt Rose hit a solo home run to lead off the inning for the Cubs, who would add another run and stretch the lead to 6-1 heading into the third inning, when Jon Maciel would replace Dowdy for manager Andrew Graham.
West Michigan would add a couple runs to the board in the third. After Derek Hill walked, consecutive doubles by Maddox and Will Allen scored two, bringing the ‘Caps within three runs at 6-3.
Maciel gave a run back in the fifth on an RBI-triple and was charged with three runs in the sixth before giving way to Drew Smith. Dowdy (2-1) takes the loss.
The ‘Caps are now 32-20. Fernando Perez gets the start in the second game.