It looks like Tom de Blok has straightened the ship after a couple of poor outings.
In the final game of the regular season, Tom de Blok shutout the Fort Wayne TinCaps as he lasted seven innings for the West Michigan WhiteCaps.
The game review on MiLB.com, headed:
de Blok leads West Michigan to 4-1 win over Fort Wayne
In a seven inning outing, Tom owned the TinCaps lineup as he allowed just five hits and struck out three. De Blok threw 85 pitches of which 60 were called for strikes.
In the seven innings, Tom spent on the mound, the run support wasn’t something to write home about. For five innings, neither team did score but in the bottom of the sixth, the WhiteCaps broke the game open. Dylan Burdeaux led off with a line drive double to left field before two outs were recorded. But eventually, Burdeaux scored from second base on a groundball single hit by Danny Woodrow.
In three of the seven innings out on the mound, Tom retired the side. Only in the seventh inning, Tom got into trouble as the TinCaps loaded the bases. But thanks to a 5-2 groundout and a 5-4 force out, Tom got out of the inning without any damage.
Eventually, the West Michigan WhiteCaps added some insurance runs to their total. Thanks to a leadoff triple and three consecutive singles, the team scored three runs to reach the final score of 4-1.
With a day of rest, the WhiteCaps will head to Dayton to take on the Dragons in the first game of the Midwest League’s playoffs. The WhiteCaps won both halves of the season and are one of the favorites to win the Midwest League pennant.