“Captains get “de Blok-ed” in 2-0 Shutout” headed the website of the West Michigan WhiteCaps. Dutch pitcher Tom de Blok earned his first win in a dominant outing vs the Lake County Captains.
At Classic Park, home of the Lake County Captains, the fans saw Tom de Blok finish off the home team in a quick game (a little less than two and a half hours).
The right-hander from Amstelveen (near Amsterdam) was flat out dominant and set career-bests in his superb outing. So far he never went as far as five innings, but yesterday his manager left him on the mound through the sixth inning. Also, eight strikeouts were a career high.
His opponent, Brady Aiken, also has one win under his belt but also ten losses, so when it comes to that, the WhiteCaps’ offense rather underperformed last night. The team left nine runners on base.
So De Blok cruised through six innings. He did this by allowing only three hits, one walk and fanning eight. De Blok faced 21 batters and needed 85 pitches of which 62 were called for strikes to accomplish this feat.
Of the three hits, De Blok allowed, leadoff hitter Conner Capel hit two doubles. The WhiteCaps went 3 for 12 with runners in scoring position.
Assuming De Blok will not be promoted anymore this season, he will participate in the Midwest League’s playoffs as the WhiteCaps won the first half of the Eastern Divison with a 5.5 lead over the Dayton Dragons.