The Whitecap's season is over, and I am in my annual state of mourning the end of the season. It is a serious condition I call BBGDS (baseball game deficiency syndrome). Right now it is a mild case because the Tigers are still playing and looking good to win the Central, but in another month or so, the symptoms will increase.
The Whitecaps faced the Great Lakes Loons in the first round. They played the first game in Midland and the last two at home. The Dodgers wanted to give Midland a good yea
We just finished up a three or four game series in Lansing depending on how you view it. There were three official games of which we took two out of three, and then there was a fourth game that was, for the most part, invisible, except for the Whitecaps starting pitcher, Casey Crosby.
Casey pitched four innings, receiving a no decision in a 5-0 win in a simulated game. I know he gave up one hit, and hit one batter, and I know he struck out a few, but the only stat I saw recorded was pitch coun
It seemed, Gustavo Nunez was destined to only be able to hit home runs in Dayton, but he finally found a way to hit home runs at fifth third ballpark---use his speed. Granted, the outfielder did slip, but even so, most batters would have only made it to third. Nunez did not even think about slowing down, so it was a good thing that acting manager, Benny Distefano was waving him around third. Gustavo Nunez hit an inside the park homerun. I had my camera aimed at third, and had to make some quick
The other day, as we watched Billy Nowlin get hit by a pitch once again, a fan nearby called out to the catcher, "Hey Perez, what is the sign for plunk?"
I have never seen a team get hit by pitches more often than the Whitecaps this year. As of Brent Wyatt's two hit by pitches in the first and ninth inning of tonight's (8-20-09) game, the Whitecaps have 102 HBP's so far this season as a team. Who are the team leaders? I did manage to find out that information.
Brent Wyatt 21 (adding
Gustavo Nunez loves hitting in Dayton. Last night as part of a 9 run first inning, Gustavo hit a grand slam--it was his second home run of the season (both in Dayton). Later in the game, Gustavo hit another solo home run. He hit two home runs one from each side of the plate. Not bad. He went 4-5 with two singles (one a bunt single), three runs scored and 5 RBI.
Ben Guez also had a fantastic night at the plate, going 3-5 with a home run (his 11th), a double, 3 RBI, and two runs scored.
The Whitecaps are at this moment in the process of being swept by the Great Lakes Loons. They may yet pull this game off, but it is going to take some more work. Tonight's game has been a really unique game in many different ways.
Casey Crosby started the game. Casey has been limited to 75 pitches all season long, so I knew he would not be pitching deep into the game, but I was really surprised when he was taken out of the game after only three innings. This young man was cruising along (and h
The Whitecaps pitching threw a 1 hitter, but wondered if they would win the game on Monday night. It was the last game of the homestand and they were playing a three game series against their Western rival, Kane County. The Whitecaps dominated in the first game Saturday night 7-1, but on Sunday, Kane County turned the tables and beat us 7-4.
So, Monday night, we were expecting another blow out one way or another. It did not take long to figure out that we were in for an old fashioned pitchers'
It has been an eventful several days at the ballpark
On Wednesday a TV show was made at the ballpark as Adam Richman, from the Travel Channel's Man Vs Food, came to conquer the fifth third burger.
The Whitecaps lost the opener of the series to Peoria.
Thursday night, was 70's night with funky jerseys, and the game starters were delivered to the field in grand style:
The Thursday night slugfest was started with back to back home runs by Ben Guez and Billy Nowlin, but Peoria came back
Whitecaps lost the series in Appleton Wisconsin 2-1, and are now playing in Beloit Wisconsin. I have been to Pohlman Field in Beloit Wisconsin (Whitecaps won championship here in 2007). Interesting ballpark. Old style from back in the sixties.
Now here is a dugout in the most literal sense of the word:
Take note that there is no way for the team to exit the field from the dugout. In order to go to the bathroom or go back to the clubhouse for any reason, the team has to go off the field h
I saw some of the grandest fireworks that I have ever seen on Sunday afternoon. Most firework displays have their grand finale at the end. The Whitecaps had their Grand Finale at the the beginning.
The Whitecaps scored 13 runs in the first inning on 6 hits and 7 walks, and chased two Dragon pitchers from the game. Wow!
Our pitchers also struggled a bit, giving up 11 runs. Erik Crichton and Tyler Stohr were the exception pitching a combined 3 scoreless innings.
Erik got the win
I wish I could have been in South Bend to see last night and Wednesday night's games. The Whitecaps ended up splitting the series in Indiana. I was not able to be there. All pictures included are from previous games.
The Tuesday JUne 30th and Thursday July 2 games were losses 4-1 and 5-4 respectively, although Avisail Garcia had two hits on the night Tuesday with a double which was nice to see.
Wednesday July 1:
The Whitecaps exploded with six runs in the second inning--all with two outs, a
Today was the last day of the homestand as well as the last game of the series against the Great Lakes Loons. And what a way to finish up at home.
Casey Crosby pitched five no hit innings with only one walk and six strikeouts, until he was pulled because of pitch count. Fantastic outing. He was absolutely dominant the whole outing. Keep those pancakes coming grandmag.
The offense combined for 13 hits and 8 runs including two doubles, a walk, 1 RBI and two runs for Bryan Pounds. I liked the
Dave Bergman was at the ballpark Friday night and his bobblehead doll was given away to the first 1000 fans through the gates. The gates opened at 6:00 and the bobblehead dolls were gone by 6:05. I love Friday nights at the ballpark. As a season ticket holder, I can get in at 4 pm and watch batting practice. About the time the Whitecaps batting practice was over, they were setting up interviews for Dave Bergman. Needless to say, I had to go hang around my seat for pictures.
,If I had the inf
Ah, baseball begins once again. And what a start to the second half it was. The first half of the season ended with the Great Lakes Loons being the hottest team in the league, winning something like 10 games in a row (until a loss in the final game of the first half). But the Whitecaps were ready for them, handing them a new first for the season--the first time they have been shut out this season.
Brayan Villarreal and Victor Larez combined to limit the Loons to five hits. We hoped that Brayan
The Whitecaps ended the first half in second place--two games behind Fort Wayne. Such is life. We clinched a play off position and that is the important thing.
3/4 of the team enjoyed a break during the All Stars which took place in Clinton, Iowa. 1/4 of the team participated--minus Mauricio Robles who was promoted to Lakeland.
In the All star game, the East (Whitecaps played here) beat the west 6-3. Now a recap of how our Whitecaps did.
Casey Crosby did not pitch (too bad)
Now that I have had some sleep, my head feels slightly less foggy. I have attended 17 games in 15 straight days and after tonight that will become 18 games in 16 days. I am really tired and ready for a few days break......of course by Friday, I will wish I had Saturday and Sunday off so I could make a trip to Dayton Ohio. I will just have to go out and shoot some squirrels (with my camera that is) to keep my trigger finger from getting stiff (wait, it is fractured, that is why it is a bit stiff
Whitecaps are in the midst of a battle with the team that has been the thorn in their side all season, Fort Wayne. We came into the series on Sunday one game in back of Fort Wayne for first place. The loss on Sunday put us two games back. Last night and tonight's win make both teams even at 41-24 and tied for first place. Tomorrow night is the showdown. Whoever wins tomorrow night will be in first place all by themselves.
Whitecaps won last night 5-2 and tonight 7-3 with a home run by Jordan Le
Wow, talk about a crazy couple of weeks. I will have to keep this short because I have to run again in another half hour or less. The Whitecaps treated the season ticket holders to a Tiger game in Chicago last night. Yeah, I witnessed Bonderman's loss, but we were able to listen to the first game win on the way to Chicago--scrambling to find the game on various radio stations along the way. we were rather frustrated when it was tied 4-4, bases loaded and Brandon Inge at the plate--and lost that
As much as I enjoyed going to Erie, there is no place quite like back at Fifth third ballpark with my own team--even though it was their worst loss of the season. The team seemed dead--but a 12 inning victory the night before may sometimes do that to you--and I am guessing a few of them celebrated afterward. Last night they announced the 2009 All Stars for West Michigan and we have a pretty good representation:
Congratulations to Jared Gayhart, Casey Crosby, Tyler Stohr, Mauricio Robles, Ronn
I enjoyed starting my day with meeting Matt Walbeck for breakfast (yes, his wife knew). It was fun catching up with him and chatting baseball and a little photography with him. My heart was broken when he told me that I was missing Gorkys Hernandez by one day. It seems that they acquired Gorkys in a trade, and he was joining Altoona Curve today.
Did I mention Wednesday night's party that I was not invited to? After the game, I went back to the motel to work on pictures, and it suddenly got rea
Between the two teams, The Seawolves and Altoona Curve made 9 errors. This made for an ugly game. Home runs by Ryan Strieby, Brennan Boesch, and Jeff Kunkel were a bright spot on the evening, but it wasn't enough to keep the Seawolves on top. When Altoona exploded for six runs in the third inning, Erie was never able to take the lead again in the game. Altoona has taken 2-3 so far in this series. Hopefully Erie can come back strong tonight and earn a split.
Scott Sizemore sighting
I arrived in Erie, after an uneventful 6+ hours drive, just on time to head over to the ballpark for batting practice. It is fun seeing mostly familiar faces on the field, including the opposing teams manager, Matt Walbeck. Matt is managing the Altoona Curve this year, and I look forward to having some time Thursday to catch up with him.
It was fun watching two former Whitecaps managers exchange rosters
They even went the extra mile and called me back as I was walking off the field to make
This one will not be a long winded entry. The Whitecaps were swept by the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, losing the last game of the series 8-3. this was the first series of the season in which they have been swept.
Today they have the day off, and will start a series Tuesday-Friday against the Great Lakes Loons (Midland team).
I will miss Tuesday-Thursday's games because I will be heading out in the morning to go to Erie Pennsylvania. I look forward to seeing many former Whitecaps as well as a
The Whitecaps treated their season ticket holders to a half of a suite this season as a thank you for our support. Friday night May 29 was my night in the suite. I looked forward spending time with several of my friends, but had no idea what they had cooked up for me.
I was a little later getting to the suite because Brandon Douglas wanted a picture taken with his twin brother--and I wanted to take that picture. (His brother Brent will likely be in this June's draft). This photo ended up bei
The Whitecaps swept the series against Quad City River Bandits today. Casey Crosby, Eric Crichton and Tyler Conn combined to give the Whitecaps a 8-0 shut out, although good defense, including some very timely double plays really helped.
With Dave Dombrowski in town, the boys were eager to impress and did so in grand fashion over the last three games.
Tuesday night they started off with a bang getting four runs in the first inning, and winning 8-4. Wednesday they got four runs in t