Trent Szkutnik took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning Friday night but the West Michigan Whitecaps needed a late rally to beat the Dayton Dragons 3-2 at Fifth Third Ballpark to start off a four-game Memorial Day weekend series.
Szkutnik gave up a line drive RBI-single in the sixth to lose the chance at the no-hitter. Jon Maciel (3-2) earned his third win in relief.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, trailing 2-0, West Michigan’s Cam Gibson tripled on the first pitch he saw to leadoff. Derek Hill plated him with a groundout that saw ‘Caps manager Andrew Graham again arguing a call and getting tossed out of the game. (Third time this year, second this week.)
Now trailing 2-1 in the bottom on the ninth, Shane Zeile advanced to first after striking out on a wild pitch. Jose Azocar then singled through the middle to put runners on base. Arvicent Perez then bunted to the third baseman, who fired the ball into left field trying to catch the lead runner, allowing the tying and winning runs to score for the 3-2 victory.
The Whitecaps move to six games over .500 at 25-19, their best record of the season.
Beau Burrows gets the start on the mound Saturday.