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    Billy Nowlin's second homer of game lifts Whitecaps to another win against Peoria | MLive.com

    Published: Thursday, June 09, 2011, 12:25 AM
    Updated: Thursday, June 09, 2011, 12:31 AM
    By The Grand Rapids Press

    PEORIA, Ill. -- Dramatic ninth-inning homers have become a trend for the West Michigan Whitecaps.

    For the second night in a row, the Whitecaps used a clutch homer to knock off the Peoria Chiefs 10-9 on Wednesday at O’Brien Field. The win was the fifth in a row for West Michigan.

    Billy Nowlin’s second homer of the game with two out in the top of the ninth lifted the Whitecaps on Wednesday. Javier Azcona hit a two-out, three-run homer in the ninth to send the Whitecaps past Peoria 4-1 on Tuesday.

    Nowlin and Rob Brantly homered in the first four innings to give West Michigan a 3-1 lead, only to have Peoria rally to take a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning.

    But the fireworks were just starting.

    West Michigan took a 7-5 lead on a run-scoring double by Nick Castellanos and an RBI single by Nowlin.

    Peoria countered with three in the sixth and another in the seventh to go up 9-7.

    West Michigan tied the game with two eighth-inning runs on a single by Luis Castillo and Hernan Perez’s sacrifice fly.

    Both teams had 14 hits.

    Nowlin finished with four hits while Brantly had two hits and three RBIs.

    Peoria prospect Matt Sczcur had four hits and four RBIs while Korean outfielder Kyung-Min Na doubled twice and finished with four hits.
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    Published: Friday, June 10, 2011, 12:15 AM
    Updated: Friday, June 10, 2011, 12:18 AM
    By The Grand Rapids Press

    PEORIA, Ill. -- The West Michigan Whitecaps managed only two hits Thursday night in their series finale against the Peoria Chiefs.

    It was enough to extend a season-high winning streak to six games.

    The Whitecaps took advantage of shaky pitching and defense from Peoria to post a 3-1 victory and sweep the three-game series.

    West Michigan (27-33) swept its second consecutive opponent for the first time this season.

    Whitecaps starter Alex Burgos won his Midwest League debut. He allowed one run on five hits in five innings of work.

    Burgos, a 20-year-old lefty who was called up from extended spring training June 5, struck out four and walked two.

    Whitecaps relievers Nathan Newman and Patrick Cooper combined to allow one hit in three scoreless innings.

    Closer Bruce Rondon walked the lead-off hitter in the ninth, but retired the next three batters for his ninth save.

    Whitecaps second baseman Hernan Perez had both of his team’s hits -- a first-inning double and seventh-inning single -- but West Michigan benefited from eight walks and two Peoria errors.

    Chiefs starter Cam Greathouse allowed one hit, but walked six and hit three batters, which led to all three West Michigan runs.

    The Whitecaps took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Nick Castellanos’ sacrifice fly. They tacked on a pair of runs in the second without a hit.

    Two walks, a hit batsman, an error and Perez’ sacrifice fly put West Michigan ahead 3-0.

    West Michigan improved to 6-3 during its current 12-game stretch against Western Division teams.
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    Whitecaps beat Bees for seventh win in a row after Nick Castellanos' late three-run homer | MLive.com

    Published: Friday, June 10, 2011, 11:45 PM
    Updated: Friday, June 10, 2011, 11:52 PM
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    BURLINGTON, Iowa -- It appears as though no one can slow down the West Michigan Whitecaps' latest surge.

    Not even the top team in the Midwest League.

    The streaking Whitecaps won their seventh consecutive game Friday night, rallying for a 5-4 win against the Burlington Bees.

    The Bees entered Friday with the league’s best record (41-20).

    West Michigan (28-33) overcame a 3-0 deficit as third baseman Nick Castellanos slammed a three-run home run in the top of the eighth inning to give the Whitecaps a 5-3 lead.

    It was Castellanos' third homer of the season.

    The Whitecaps improved to 4-0 on their nine-game road trip, and have produced comeback victories with late home runs in three of their past four games.

    West Michigan has clubbed 18 home runs in its past 19 games.

    The Bees opened the ninth inning with two consecutive hits, and scored a run off Antonio Cruz, before Bruce Rondon came in to register his 10th save.

    Whitecaps starter Josue Carreno (4-6) picked up his third consecutive win after surrendering three runs on seven hits in seven innings.

    Carreno allowed three runs in the first three innings, but the Whitecaps chipped away with single runs in the fifth and sixth against Burlington starter Blake Hassebrock, who entered the game with a 1.63 ERA.

    West Michigan scored on an RBI groundout by Luis Alberto Sanz in the fifth, and James Robbins drove in Ryan Hamme with an RBI single in the sixth.

    Hamme went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, and Castellanos and Robbins each had a pair of hits.

    The Whitecaps, who have averaged nearly seven runs per game during their winning streak, were 4-of-6 with runners in scoring position.
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    Whitecaps win eighth consecutive game after five-run third inning against Burlington | MLive.com

    Published: Saturday, June 11, 2011, 11:30 PM
    Updated: Saturday, June 11, 2011, 11:35 PM
    By The Grand Rapids Press

    BURLINGTON, Iowa -- The West Michigan Whitecaps will more than likely fall short in their bid for a first-half playoff berth.

    But West Michigan (29-33) isn’t going down without putting up a spirited fight.

    The Whitecaps continued their late first-half push Saturday night with another win against the Midwest League’s top team.

    A five-run third inning propelled West Michigan to a 9-2 victory against the Burlington Bees and guaranteed the team a third consecutive series win.

    It was the Whitecaps’ eighth win in a row and second consecutive victory against the Bees, who own the league’s best record at 41-22, and already have clinched a Western Division playoff spot.

    West Michigan has won eight of its past 10 road games and evened its road record at 14-14 on the season.

    The Whitecaps, who have outscored their opponents 52-25 during their current winning streak, have moved into sixth place in the Eastern Division.

    They are six games back of co-leaders Lansing and Bowling Green with seven games remaining in the first half.

    The Whitecaps took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Hernan Perez scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Castellanos.

    In the fifth, Perez hit a three-run homer to snap a 1-1 tie. West Michigan pushed two more runs across the plate courtesy of two Burlington errors.

    Javier Azcona upped the lead to 8-2 with a two-run double in the eighth and P.J. Polk followed with an RBI single.

    Castellanos had two hits and scored a pair of runs for West Michigan, and Rob Brantly also recorded two hits.

    Kevin Eichhorn (4-3) picked up the win and scattered six hits in five innings. Patrick Cooper and Ramon LeBron combined to hold the Bees to only three hits in the final four innings.
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    Whitecaps beat up on Burlington again, win ninth consecutive game | MLive.com

    Published: Sunday, June 12, 2011, 11:05 PM
    Updated: Monday, June 13, 2011, 7:24 AM
    By The Grand Rapids Press

    BURLINGTON, Iowa -- The West Michigan Whitecaps are going to miss Burlington’s pitching staff.

    The Whitecaps finished off a productive offensive series against the Bees by amassing season highs in runs and hits in Sunday’s 14-5 win.

    West Michigan collected 21 hits, but in an odd twist in such a high-scoring game, 19 of the hits were singles. The Whitecaps wound up hitting .330 in the three-game sweep of the Bees, which moved West Michigan’s winning streak to nine games.

    The win was the sixth as part of a 10-game road trip that ends Thursday.

    While the Whitecaps relied mainly on singles, James Robbins and Hernan Perez hit home runs. Robbins hit his 10th of the year in the first inning and Perez collected his fourth in the fourth inning.

    The Whitecaps, who outscored the Bees 28-11 in the three games, led 7-0 after four innings and never looked back.

    Robbins finished with four hits and three runs scored. Ryan Hamme also had three hits. Eight Whitecaps had at least two hits.

    West Michigan was 10-for-20 with runners in scoring position.

    Kyle Ryan (4-6) was the winning pitcher. He gave up six hits and three earned runs in six innings. Ryan won for the third time in his past four decisions after losing three starts from April 22 to May 3. He has lasted at least six innings seven times in his past 10 starts.
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    Inside the Whitecaps: Nick Castellanos sparks red-hot West Michigan offense | MLive.com

    Published: Monday, June 13, 2011, 10:00 AM
    By Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

    Who's hot: Third baseman Nick Castellanos is hitting .375 (15-for-40) in his last nine games with five extra-base hits, 10 runs scored and 13 RBIs. The Detroit Tigers top prospect has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and is batting a season-high.274. Castellanos has 60 hits, 13 doubles and 34 RBIs in 61 games.

    Who's not: Outfielder Steven Moya is 1-for-17 with seven strikeouts in his last four games. His average has dipped to .240.

    Upcoming games: The Whitecaps (30-33) wrap up their nine-game road trip in Kentucky, beginning Tuesday, with a three-game series against the Bowling Green Hot Rods (36-28) They return home to close out the first half with a three-game weekend series against the Lake County Captains (27-37).

    Looking forward: The streaking Whitecaps have six games remaining before the all-star break and can gain even more momentum toward the second half with another successful week. West Michigan has won a season-high nine in a row.

    Analysis: The Whitecaps are the hottest team in the Midwest League and there are two major reasons why: They are playing mistake-free baseball and are starting to swing the bats. West Michigan has committed only one error in its last seven games after a miserable stretch of 13 errors in six games. The bats have finally come around as well. The Whitecaps are averaging nearly seven runs per game and have hit 12 home runs during their current winning streak. They combined for 37 hits in a three-game sweep of first-place Burlington.
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    Whitecaps hitting home runs at hefty pace | MLive.com

    Published: Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 10:00 AM
    By Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

    During their recent nine-game winning streak, the West Michigan Whitecaps have had steady starting pitching a reliable bullpen, stingy defense and timely hitting.

    But the long ball has been another major asset in the club’s resurgence.

    The Whitecaps are hitting home runs on a regular basis and have blasted 21 in their past 21 games. (And 12 during their nine-game win streak.)

    And the home run binge has come out of nowhere. West Michigan had hit only 20 through its first 42 games.

    "Everyone is going to the plate with good approaches and really seeing the ball," said Whitecaps first baseman James Robbins, who is tied for second in the Midwest League with a team-high 10 homers.

    "It is the biggest thing that our hitting coach (Ben Oglivie) really pushes us on. Watch the ball and see where it is coming from. I think everyone is buying into that, and we are all seeing the ball great right now."

    Designated hitter Billy Nowlin, who led the Whitecaps with 13 home runs in 2009 and has six this season, said players are beginning to find their rhythm at the plate after slow starts.

    "It’s about midseason now, and guys are starting to get more comfortable," he said. "It comes down to the younger guys getting used to the pitching at this level, and just everyone getting into a groove, essentially."

    The Whitecaps are tied for third in the Midwest League with 41 home runs in 63 games.

    Bowling Green has hit a league-high 52 and Lake County is next with 50.

    West Michigan is on pace to tally the most home runs since 2004, when a franchise-high 94 were knocked out of the ball park.

    Last season’s team produced only 53 -- the second fewest in franchise history.

    Whitecaps manager Ernie Young said he is surprised by the current home run total.

    "I am, just because our team is not built on power, nor is it built on speed, but for the last two or three weeks we have been playing pretty competitively and hit some home runs at great times," he said. "Our team is young, and they are not fully developed. They are learning how to hit, so whatever we get from a power standpoint is a bonus."

    Former Whitecaps slugger Kelly Hunt has the club record for homers in a single season. He hit 21 in 2004, and Robbins has the potential to threaten that mark.

    "It is definitely something I wouldn’t have expected, but it’s definitely cool to have 10 home runs already in the first half of the season," said Robbins, who hit No. 10 in Sunday’s 14-5 win against the Burlington Bees.

    "You just go out there and play every day, and you are not trying to hit home runs. They just kind of happen."

    The Whitecaps’ power surge has generated late-game heroics.

    Last week, home runs from Javier Azcona, Billy Nowlin and Nick Castellanos delivered comeback victories.

    "It definitely gets the team going, especially in close games when you jump into the lead," Robbins said. "And it energizes a team early in the ball game. It gets the team going right out of the gate."
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    Whitecaps' nine-game winning streak ends | MLive.com

    Published: Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 11:30 PM
    Updated: Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 11:34 PM
    By Josh Slagter | The Grand Rapids Press

    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- The West Michigan Whitecaps’ season-long winning streak -- and their first-half playoff hopes -- ended Tuesday night.

    The Whitecaps were officially eliminated from playoff contention with an 8-4 loss against the Bowling Green Hot Rods in the opener of their three-game series.

    West Michigan (30-34) had reeled off nine consecutive wins before the defeat, its first since June 2 against the Quad Cities River Bandits at Fifth Third Ballpark.

    It also was the Whitecaps' first loss on their current nine-game road trip after going 6-0 with three-game sweeps of Peoria and Burlington.

    The Hot Rods led 8-0 before West Michigan scored four runs in the final two innings.

    James Robbins, who went 3-for-5, broke up the shutout in the eighth with an RBI single. Dixon Machado walked with the bases loaded later in the inning.


    Nick Castellanos hit a two-run homer in the ninth.

    Castellanos, Rob Brantly and Hernan Perez each had two hits for the Whitecaps, who had only five hits through the first seven innings, but finished with 11.

    Perez leads the Midwest League with 72 hits.

    Bowling Green notched its sixth win in a row and roughed up Whitecaps starter Brennan Smith, who had his second consecutive poor start.

    Smith (1-3) allowed seven runs on eight hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings. He surrendered a three-run home run to Bowling Green catcher Luke Bailey in a four-run second inning.
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    Published: Thursday, June 16, 2011, 12:35 AM
    Updated: Thursday, June 16, 2011, 12:38 AM
    By The Grand Rapids Press

    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- The last thing the West Michigan Whitecaps missed were opportunities.

    The Whitecaps had more than enough of them, but still lost to streaking Bowling Green 1-0 on Wednesday.

    The loss was the second in a row for West Michigan after seeing its nine-game winning streak end Tuesday. The Hot Rods extended their winning streak to seven.

    The start of the game was delayed for 1 hour and 11 minutes by rain.

    The Whitecaps averaged more than seven runs per game in their nine-game winning streak, but couldn’t get a clutch hit Wednesday.

    The Whitecaps stranded eight runners, and had plenty of chances to avoid their fifth shutout.

    They wasted a leadoff double by Luis Castillo and a walk to Hernan Perez in the first inning, got a runner to second with one out in the second, and couldn’t score after a walk to Robert Brantly and single by Billy Nowlin in the fourth.

    In the fifth, West Michigan had a runner on third with one out and didn’t score. James Robbins had a two-out double in the sixth and opened the ninth with a single and was stranded both times.

    The game’s only run came in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by Phillip Wunderlich.

    The Whitecaps, who were hitless in nine at-bats with runners in scoring position, wasted an outstanding pitching performance from starter Alex Burgos and reliever Ramon Lebron. The two combined to throw a three-hitter while walking two.
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    Whitecaps end nine-game road trip with loss to Bowling Green | MLive.com

    Published: Friday, June 17, 2011, 12:10 AM
    Updated: Friday, June 17, 2011, 12:16 AM
    By The Grand Rapids Press

    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- A 10-day, nine-game road trip through three cities started so promising for the West Michigan Whitecaps.

    It ended with a whimper Thursday night.

    The Whitecaps were swept by the red-hot Bowling Green Hot Rods after squandering an early lead and losing the series finale 5-2. It was West Michigan’s third consecutive defeat after winning nine games in a row, including six of them on the road.

    The Whitecaps (30-36) still went a respectable 6-3 on their road trip, but dropped to 2-7 against Bowling Green this season.

    The Hot Rods won their eighth consecutive game and climbed into first place in the Midwest League Eastern Division as they contend for a first-half playoff berth.

    West Michigan grabbed a 1-0 lead when Luis Castillo led off the game with a double and scored on an RBI single by Rob Brantly.

    Castillo’s two-out single, coupled with a Bowling Green fielding error, brought home Dixon Machado with the Whitecaps’ second run.

    Whitecaps starter Josue Carreno, who was 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA in his past three starts, threw three scoreless innings before giving up a three-run triple to Nick Schwaner with the bases loaded and two outs in the fourth.

    The Hot Rods increased their lead with two runs in the sixth.

    Carreno (4-7) suffered the loss after allowing a career-high 10 hits and five runs. He struck out three and walked none.

    The teams combined for 24 hits, 11 by West Michigan. Brantly, Machado, Castillo, Nick Castellanos and James Robbins each had two hits for the Whitecaps.

    Robbins has hit safely in six consecutive games, including five multi-hit games, to raise his average to .279.

    The Whitecaps close out the first half with a three-game home series this weekend against the Lake County Captains.
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    'Bambino Grande' Bruce Rondon closes door on Whitecaps' win over Lake County | MLive.com

    Published: Friday, June 17, 2011, 11:15 PM
    Updated: Friday, June 17, 2011, 11:17 PM
    By Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

    COMSTOCK PARK -- Closer Bruce Rondon will represent the West Michigan Whitecaps at next week’s Midwest League All-Star game.

    The hard-throwing 20-year-old from Venezuela showed Friday night why he is worthy of the berth.

    Rondon was untouchable in relief and helped spark West Michigan to a 2-0 shutout of the Lake County Captains in front of 6,832 at Fifth Third Ballpark.

    Rondon struck out four of the five batters he faced, including two in a row in the eighth inning with two runners in scoring position and one out to preserve a one-run lead.

    "Detroit has Papa Grande, and we have Bambino Grande," Whitecaps manager Ernie Young said "He has developed into a pitcher that wants the ball late in the ball game and that’s good to see, especially at such a young age. He’s able to come in and stay under control and keep his composure and do the job. We have a special pitcher."

    Rondon unfurled an exuberant fist pump after striking out LeVon Washington on a 97 mph fastball to end the game.

    He earned his 11th save, which ranks third in the Midwest League, and has allowed only six hits in 25 2/3 innings pitched.

    "That was amazing," said Whitecaps shortstop Dixon Machado, who went 2-for-3 with a run scored. "I like watching Rondon pitch because he always throws hard. He was dominant tonight."

    The Whitecaps returned home for the first time since June 5 and snapped a three-game losing skid. They endured a ten-day, nine-game road trip that concluded with a sweep by Bowling Green. West Michigan (31-36) went 6-3 on its road trip and has won 10 of its last 13 games.

    "It was good to finally get back home," Young said. "We started out on a such a high, and we didn’t finish up the road trip the way we would have liked, but it was still a great road trip."

    The Whitecaps had only two hits and two base-runners through the first five innings -- a pair of two-out singles from Machado and Nick Castellanos.

    But in the sixth, Machado singled to left field and advanced to second on an error by Lake County pitcher Cole Cook.
    After a Luis Castillo sacrifice bunt, Machado scored the game’s first run on a sharp single by Hernan Perez.

    Perez tacked on an insurance run with a one-out solo home run in the eighth.

    "Any time you get an extra run late in the ball game, it takes some of the strategy away from the opposing manager," Young said. "He needs one guy on to get that tying run to the plate, and as long as we keep them off base, then the tying run never comes to the plate."

    Whitecaps starter Kevin Eichhorn worked around a bases-loaded jam in the second inning and kept the Captains scoreless through 6 2/3 innings. He allowed five hits and struck out five while improving his record to 5-3.

    Antonio Cruz relieved Eichhorn with two outs in the seventh and got Carlos Moncrief to ground out with a runner in scoring position.

    Perez and Castellanos joined Machado with two hits each.

    Notes
    The first member of the Detroit Tigers 2011 draft class was assigned to West Michigan on Friday. Left-handed pitcher Brian Flynn was a seventh-round draft pick of the Tigers and will make his professional debut as a starter Sunday. The 6-foot-8 Flynn spent three years at Wichita State and recorded 136 strikeouts in 139.2 innings. Pitcher Brennan Smith was transferred from West Michigan to Connecticut to make room on the active roster.
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    Whitecaps end Midwest League first half with extra-inning loss to Lake County | MLive.com

    Published: Monday, June 20, 2011, 12:05 AM
    Updated: Monday, June 20, 2011, 12:12 AM
    By Jeff Chaney | The Grand Rapids Press

    COMSTOCK PARK -- Things had been going pretty well for the West Michigan Whitecaps heading into the Midwest League All-Star break.

    West Michigan won 11 of its last 14 games and looked to go into its four-day midseason layoff with another strong outing in front of a large Father’s Day crowd Sunday at Fifth Third Ballpark.

    But instead, the Whitecaps will go into the break with a bad taste in their mouth as they dropped a 10-5 loss in 13 innings to the struggling Lake County Captains in front of 6,925 fans.

    West Michigan ends the first half of the season with a 32-37 record. Lake County, which had lost 10 straight games before Sunday, ends its first half at 28-41.

    "We didn’t have a very productive day at the plate," West Michigan manager Ernie Young said. "We didn’t have a plan at the plate. We have a lot of young guys on this team, and sometimes that happens.

    The lack offense hurt in the 11th and 12th inning when the Whitecaps left men stranded on third base.

    The most frustrating of the two innings was the 11th when right fielder Steven Moya led off the inning with a double, and advanced to third on a throwing error by the Lake County center fielder.

    Moya was stranded after three weak infield ground-outs.

    The Whitecaps were in position to win the game when catcher Rob Brantly led off the eighth inning with a triple and later scored on an error by the Captains’ shortstop to give West Michigan a 5-4 lead.

    But Whitecaps closer Bruce Rondon blew his second save of the season, when he gave up a walk, threw a wild pitch, hit a batter and gave up a game-tying single in the top of the ninth inning before being relieved after getting just one out in the inning.

    "When you don’t throw strikes, you won’t win," Young said of Rondon’s outing. "These same things happen in the big leagues, so you just have to shake it off and move on."

    West Michigan starter Brian Flynn, making his first professional start, went 4 1/3 innings. He gave up three runs, walked one and struck out four.

    Flynn, who was was drafted by the Detroit Tigers earlier this month out of Wichita State, was relived by former Shockers teammate Logan Hoch, who threw 2 2/3 innings without giving up a hit and striking out five.

    "I felt great out there," said Flynn, a 6-foot-8, 238-pound left-hander. "I did tired pretty quick after the third inning (when Lake County scored all its runs off him) because the last time I pitched was a week and a half ago. But I don’t want to make any excuses, I made some mistakes and they hurt when you do that at this level. I just want to learn from this, build off it and can’t wait to get back out there."

    Young liked what he saw from his new starter.

    "I thought he did all right," Young said. "I’m sure he had the jitters, but I thought he competed well and he threw strikes."

    At the plate, Brantly went 2-for-4 with three runs scored, while third baseman Nick Castellanos went three of six with three RBIs.

    Patrick Cooper suffered the loss for the Whitecaps, giving up the five 13-inning runs on five hits and an error. 
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    Published: Monday, June 20, 2011, 10:00 AM
    By Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

    Who's hot: First baseman James Robbins had multi-hit games in six of his last nine games to close out the first half and batted .438 (14-for-32) in his last seven games. He had seven RBIs, four runs scored and three extra-base hits during that span. Robbins posted a .277 average in 67 games and blasted a team-high 10 home runs.

    Who's not: Outfielder Steven Moya is 2-for-27 with 14 strikeouts in his last seven games.

    Upcoming games: The Whitecaps (32-37) have four days off for the Midwest League all-star break before opening the second half Friday with a three-game road series against the South Bend Silver Hawks.

    Looking forward: Catcher Rob Brantly, second baseman Hernan Perez and closer Bruce Rondon will represent the Whitecaps at Tuesday's MWL All-Star Game. The Whitecaps will start the second half of the season by playing nine of their first 15 games on the road. West Michigan had a 15-17 road record in the first half.

    Analysis: The Whitecaps wrapped up the first half of the season with a successful final two weeks and hope to carry that momentum into the second half. They won 11 of their last 15 games, including a season-long nine-game winning streak, and took four of five series'. West Michigan finished in sixth place in the Midwest League's Eastern Division -- 8 1/2 games behind first-half champion Bowling Green.
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    Bats go silent for Whitecaps, Eastern team in Midwest League All-Star Game | MLive.com

    Published: Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 11:45 PM
    Updated: Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 9:29 AM
    By The Grand Rapids Press

    DAVENPORT, Iowa -- West Michigan Whitecaps catcher Rob Brantly did not reach base in three plate appearances at Tuesday night’s Midwest League All-Star Game.

    And his Eastern Division squad came out on the losing end.

    But Brantly relished the opportunity to play among the top names in the league.

    "It was an absolute blast, and I was here with a great group of guys and two of my teammates were here with me," Brantly said. "It was everything I imagined and more. It was a lot of fun to be able to play with and against the best in the league. It raised the intensity of the game and got the adrenaline going so you wanted to play extra hard."

    The East failed to match the offensive firepower of the Western Division and lost 8-3 in front of more than 5,400 fans at Modern Woodmen Park, the home of the Quad Cities River Bandits.

    Brantly and second baseman Hernan Perez both started and and went a combined 0-for-5.

    Brantly was hitless in three at-bats with two fly outs and a line out. Perez, who leads the Midwest League with 76 hits, struck out twice.

    "It was really exciting because I started the game and I made good plays (in the field)," Perez said. "I didn’t get any hits, but that was fine. Everything went good tonight."

    West Michigan closer Bruce Rondon took the mound in the eighth inning and retired both batters he faced. He had one strikeout.

    "It was exciting to go out there and pitch well," Rondon said. "And just to be here with all the other stars in the league."

    The West squad built a 4-0 lead behind a solo home run by Wisconsin’s Chris Dennis in the fourth and a two-run homer by Burlington’s Nino Leyja in the sixth.

    The East mounted a comeback with a pair of runs in the seventh to trim the deficit to 4-2, but the West put the game away with four runs in the eighth.

    The East was outhit 12-7 and struck out 14 times against West pitching. A combined 26 pitchers were used by both teams.

    Leyja was named as the game’s Top Star.
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    Whitecaps erase first-half slate, eye Midwest League playoff berth in second half | MLive.com

    Published: Friday, June 24, 2011, 11:00 AM
    By Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

    COMSTOCK PARK -- Take out the franchise-record 12 consecutive losses in the final two weeks of April that sent the West Michigan Whitecaps into a downward spiral, and maybe the team’s chances of a first-half playoff berth would have seemed more likely.

    Instead, a sense of urgency surrounds the Whitecaps as they open the second half of the season tonight in South Bend and look to make the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season.

    West Michigan ended the first half with a 32-37 record and finished fifth in the Midwest League’s Eastern Division -- eight games behind first-place Bowling Green (41-29).

    It was a first half that could have been worse -- at one point the Whitecaps were 12 games below the .500 mark (21-33), and labored in the basement for 20 days before rattling off 11 wins in their final 15 games to make their record look respectable.

    Or it could have better -- minus the losing skid, a brief stretch of multiple-error games and a complete lack of timely hitting.

    But the youthful Whitecaps have learned from their early mistakes under the watchful eye of first-year manager Ernie Young, and showed vast improvement in closing out the first half with a successful run.

    West Michigan started scoring runs, an aspect that was absent throughout a majority of the first half, and starting pitching became more consistent.

    Quality starts were commonplace among the rotation of Kevin Eichhorn, Kyle Ryan, Josue Carreno and recent call-up Alex Burgos.

    The one constant was a dependable bullpen. A collection of young arms have been tremendous in keeping the team in games while shutting down opponents in later innings.

    The bullpen had a collective ERA of less than 3.00 in the first half and won 13 games.

    Ramon Lebron gave up only one earned run in 22 2/3 innings in his last 13 appearances, and closer Bruce Rondon has converted nine of 10 save opportunities since May 1.

    Offensively, the Whitecaps were one of the top hitting teams in the league with a third-best .258 average, but scored only 277 runs, which ranked 14th among 16 teams.

    Three West Michigan hitters -- Rob Brantly (.309), Hernan Perez (.306) and Luis Castillo (.295) -- were among the top 15 hitters in the league.

    The best part of minor league baseball is that the slate is wiped clean. It is a fresh start for every team, and the second half brings renewed optimism.

    If West Michigan can carry the momentum it generated from the end of the first half into the second half, another postseason berth might be in the cards.

    Five things to watch in the second half:

    Playoffs?
    The Whitecaps have qualified for the Midwest League playoffs a franchise-record seven consecutive years, but will have to play well in the second half to extend their streak. They failed to clinch a playoff berth in the first half after finishing fifth in the Eastern Division. Bowling Green was the division’s first-half winner and Lansing also clinched a playoff spot with its runner-up finish.

    Top pick
    Third baseman Nick Castellanos, the Tigers’ top pick in 2010 and No. 2-rated prospect, recovered from early struggles at the plate to become West Michigan’s most consistent batter in the past month. Castellanos batted .179 in April, but is hitting .382 in June and closed out the first half with four consecutive multi-hit games. Despite his recent surge, expect the 19-year-old slugger to remain with the Whitecaps the remainder of the season while improving his defense.

    2011 draft
    It will be interesting to see how many draft picks make their way to West Michigan in the second half after Detroit signed 20 to professional contracts in mid-June. Pitcher Brian Flynn, a seventh-round selection, and outfielder Jason Krizan, an eighth-round pick, were assigned to West Michigan before the All-Star break.

    Home run mark
    The Whitecaps are on pace to hit the second most home runs in franchise history after a sudden power surge to end the first half. They blasted 23 home runs in their past 27 games and currently are tied for third in the Midwest League with 43. The all-time record is 94, set in 2004, and the 1997 club hit 86.

    Crossing the plate
    The Whitecaps’ bats heated up down the stretch, but they still are on track to score the fewest runs in franchise history. West Michigan managed only 277 runs in the first half, which included a stretch of a combined 14 runs in nine consecutive games in late April. A meager 570 runs were scored by the 2003 club.
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    Alex Burgos pitches Whitecaps past South Bend | MLive.com

    Published: Friday, June 24, 2011, 10:45 PM
    Updated: Friday, June 24, 2011, 11:36 PM
    By The Grand Rapids Press

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Alex Burgos has been with the West Michigan Whitecaps only for a short time.

    But the crafty lefty has made his presence felt on the mound.

    Burgos combined with relievers Antonio Cruz and Bruce Rondon to toss a four-hitter as the Whitecaps beat the South Bend Silver Hawks 2-1 on Friday night to open the second half of the Midwest League season.

    Burgos, who was called up from extended spring training June 5, improved to 2-1 in his third start and allowed only four hits through 6 2/3 innings.

    He struck out six and walked none before being lifted with two outs in the seventh after throwing 89 pitches.

    Burgos, a fifth-round pick in last year’s draft out of the State College of Florida, has thrown five innings or more in each start.

    He has surrendered three runs on eight hits in three games and lowered his ERA to 1.45 with Friday’s strong outing.

    West Michigan (1-0, 33-37) scored all of its runs in the second inning.

    Nick Castellanos and James Robbins opened the inning with back-to-back doubles, and Steven Moya drove in Robbins with a one-out RBI single.

    Burgos gave up a solo home run to South Bend’s Matt Helm in the seventh, but Cruz and Rondon kept the Silver Hawks off the scoreboard with 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

    Rondon struck out the side in the ninth to earn his 12th save.

    Castellanos went 2-for-4 at the plate, and Luis Castillo had an eighth-inning double for the Whitecaps, who finished with six hits.

    West Michigan pitching struck out 11 South Bend batters and didn’t issue a walk.
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    Whitecaps lose to South Bend after homer from Midwest League leader Yazy Arbelo | MLive.com

    Published: Saturday, June 25, 2011, 9:20 PM
    Updated: Saturday, June 25, 2011, 9:25 PM
    By The Grand Rapids Press

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The Midwest League’s home run leader hammered the West Michigan Whitecaps.

    South Bend slugger Yazy Arbelo homered in the bottom of the eighth inning to snap a tie game and send the Whitecaps to a 3-2 loss Saturday night.

    Arbelo’s 18th home run of the season off reliever Ramon Lebron came after the Whitecaps had tied it in the top of the eighth with a solo home run by second baseman Hernan Perez.

    West Michigan (33-38) dropped the second game of a three-game series against the Silver Hawks.

    The game was scoreless through four innings before West Michigan’s Steven Moya hit a two-out solo home run in the fifth off Jenison native Dan Taylor.

    The Silver Hawks answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning.

    Whitecaps reliever Patrick Cooper gave up three singles and back-to-back walks with the bases loaded.

    West Michigan threatened in the ninth when James Robbins singled and stole second. Robbins moved to third base with one out, but was stranded there when Moya struck out and Jason Krizan grounded out to end the game.

    Whitecaps third baseman Nick Castellanos went 3-for-4 with two singles and a double and to raise his average to .302.

    The Detroit Tigers’ top draft pick in the 2010 draft is hitting over .300 for the first time this season after batting .179 in April.

    West Michigan starter Josue Carreno allowed two hits in four innings. He struck out six and walked one.

    Taylor surrendered three hits and one run in 3 2/3 innings. He was in line for the win before Perez’ home run.

    Dixon Machado went 2-for-4 for West Michigan, which outhit South Bend 9-7.
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    Brian Flynn helps Whitecaps shut out South Bend | MLive.com

    Published: Sunday, June 26, 2011, 9:30 PM
    Updated: Sunday, June 26, 2011, 9:32 PM
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    SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The West Michigan Whitecaps may have found some much-needed pitching for the second half of the season.

    Left-hander Brian Flynn, making just his second professional start, was outstanding in helping West Michigan defeat South Bend 3-0 on Sunday at Stanley Coveleski Stadium.

    Flynn allowed just three hits in seven innings, with no batter reaching third, in winning his first game. He picked off two base runners while retiring 19 of the 23 batters he faced. He struck out five. Flynn had given up three earns runs in 4 1/3 innings in his first start against Lake County on June 19.

    Flynn was a seventh-round draft pick by the Detroit Tigers from Wichita State earlier this month. He went 6-4 with a 4.63 ERA with the Shockers.

    Nate Newman didn’t give up a hit in the last two innings for West Michigan, which gave up three hits or less in a game for the fifth time this season.

    In the three-game series against South Bend, West Michigan pitchers gave up only 14 hits and four runs in winning two of three.

    The Whitecaps rank seventh in the Midwest League in ERA at 3.65.

    The Whitecaps opened the scoring with an unearned run in the sixth inning. Luis Castillo was safe on an error, Hernan Perez followed with a single and Nick Castellanos, who has lifted his average to .301 after a slow start, followed with an RBI single.

    They added two more runs an inning later. With two out, Jeff Rowland walked and Castillo singled. Perez drove in a run with an infield single and all-star catcher Robert Brantly, who had opened the second half going 0-for-10, singled in Castillo.
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    Whitecaps fall victim to another Yazy Arbelo homer in extra-inning loss to South Bend | MLive.com

    Published: Monday, June 27, 2011, 11:30 PM
    Updated: Monday, June 27, 2011, 11:36 PM
    By Michael Zuidema | The Grand Rapids Press

    COMSTOCK PARK -- Three days ago, South Bend Silver Hawks slugger Yazy Arbelo sank the West Michigan Whitecaps with a late home run.

    He did it again Monday night.

    Arbelo belted his Midwest League-leading 19th homer of the season in the 11th inning to help lift the Silver Hawks to a 4-2 win before a crowd of 4,609 at Fifth Third Ballpark.

    Arbelo gave South Bend a 3-2 lead when he slugged a 2-1 pitch off West Michigan reliever Logan Hoch (0-1).

    Whitecaps right fielder Jeff Rowland scaled the fence in an attempt to snag Arbelo’s shot, but he only could watch as it sailed over him. It was the only extra-base hit of the game.

    "It was out of reach," said Rowland, who had two hits and a run. "He got into it pretty good."

    South Bend tacked on another run on Roberto Rodriguez’s sacrifice fly, and the Whitecaps went down in order to end the game.

    West Michigan manager Ernie Young earlier elected to intentionally walk Arbelo in the ninth, when South Bend rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force extra innings.

    "He’s the one hitter in their lineup that’s a legitimate long-ball threat," Young said. "That’s just the bottom line."

    Early on, it didn’t look like South Bend was going to do anything against West Michigan starter Kevin Eichhorn. He allowed just three hits through eight innings before he loaded the bases with two singles and a walk to open the ninth.

    That brought on closer Bruce Rondon, who couldn’t get out of the jam and gave up two runs to blow his third save of the season.

    South Bend’s Chris Jarrett scored on Mike Freeman’s groundout to short to make it 2-1. Gerson Montilla tied it when he scored after Rondon hit Matt Helm with a pitch.

    "That’s a tough situation to put him in, but you know what?" Young said. "You find out exactly how you respond to adversity."

    The Whitecaps had a prime chance to win the game in the 10th. Rowland reached on an infield single to open the inning and moved to second on Luis Sanz’s sacrifice bunt. Jason Krizan followed with his first hit of the season, but Rowland took a big turn at third and was thrown out trying to get back to the bag.

    "As soon as it was hit, I was thinking score, score, score," Rowland said. "I just went until I got stopped. I was just trying to get back and be safe, but I was a little too far off."

    After mustering just two hits through the first six innings, the Whitecaps took a 2-0 lead in the seventh.

    Ryan Hamme bowled over South Bend catcher Raywilly Gomez to score from second on Rowland’s single to right for the game’s first run. One batter later, Rowland came home from second on Sanz’s single to left.

    But it all spiraled away from the Whitecaps from there, Young said.

    "That’s a tough pill to swallow," he said. "We had an opportunity to win the game in the ninth inning and another chance offensively in the 10th. But it is what it is."

    Said Rowland: "You fight so hard and then come up short. It’s tough."

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    The team sold 7,382 hot dogs during its second "Dime Dogs" promotion of the season, where hot dogs can be purchased at concession stands for only 10 cents. The next "Dime Dogs" day is scheduled for Aug. 8.
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    Whitecaps' offense silenced by Midwest League's hottest pitcher, South Bend's David Holmberg | MLive.com

    Published: Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 4:45 PM
    Updated: Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 4:50 PM
    By Michael Zuidema | The Grand Rapids Press

    COMSTOCK PARK -- Since starting the season 0-3, South Bend Silver Hawks pitcher David Holmberg has routinely mowed down Midwest League batters.

    On Tuesday afternoon, the West Michigan Whitecaps were his latest victims.

    Holmberg ran his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 35 -- seven shy of the Midwest League record -- in a 7-1 victory against the Whitecaps before a matinee crowd of 5,863 at Fifth Third Ballpark.

    Holmberg (8-3) struck out seven and walked none in seven scoreless innings to win his eighth game in a row.

    "He got a lot of early outs. A bunch of one-pitch outs, a bunch of two-pitch outs," West Michigan manager Ernie Young said. "When you don't go up there and battle on a day like this, that's what's going to happen, you're going to make a lot of early outs.

    "In back to back innings, we probably only saw maybe a total of 15 pitches or less. That right there makes it tough."

    West Michigan managed just three total base runners through the first eight innings.

    The Whitecaps finally scratched out their lone run in the ninth on Luis Castillo's single to right and Hernan Perez's double off the wall in left-center.

    But the only other West Michigan player to record a hit in the game was Jeff Rowland.

    "It's tough to win a ballgame when you don't go up there and battle," Young said. "Today was one of those days where when you're facing a tough pitcher you're going to have to dig in and do whatever you have to do to get the job done. Today we didn't get the job done."

    Holmberg is 4-0 with a 0.00 ERA in the month of June. In his next start he will have a chance to tie the league record for consecutive scoreless innings of 42, which was set by Clinton's Mark Grant in 1982.

    "Their pitcher did a good job of keeping us off balance, throwing a lot of strikes," Whitecaps catcher Rob Brantly said. "I guess he kind of caught us on a day when we didn't bring our best effort."

    West Michigan starter Kyle Ryan (4-6), meanwhile, was shaky from the start. He gave up three hits in the first inning, but managed to escape without allowing a run. But South Bend scored four times in the third to end Ryan's day after just 2 2/3 innings.

    "It's very frustrating. It's irritating to feel like you throw the right pitches and it just doesn't go your way," Ryan said. "Like the baseball gods weren't in your favor."

    Michael Torrealba and Antonio Cruz combined to pitch 5 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Ryan, but the Silver Hawks tacked on three more runs in the ninth off Ramon Lebron.

    "It happens," Brantly said. "We want to win, we want to play well and when we're not playing well it can get frustrating."

    Said Young: "It should be frustrating for the players. They have to go to the plate and live with the result."
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    Whitecaps hang on for 2-1 win over South Bend | MLive.com

    Published: Thursday, June 30, 2011, 12:15 AM
    Updated: Thursday, June 30, 2011, 8:15 AM
    By Michael Zuidema | The Grand Rapids Press

    COMSTOCK PARK -- The ninth inning has been a bit of an adventure recently for the West Michigan Whitecaps.

    Monday night, they blew a 2-0 lead in the ninth against the South Bend Silver Hawks and fell 4-2 in 11 innings.

    Wednesday night, the Whitecaps once again took a 2-0 lead into the ninth against the Silver Hawks. West Michigan starter Alex Burgos was pulled after walking the leadoff batter, which brought in closer Bruce Rondon -- who walked two more batters to load the bases with only one out.

    Rondon surrendered a sacrifice fly RBI before finally he closed out South Bend to give the Whitecaps a 2-1 win in front of a crowd of 8,203 at Fifth Third Ballpark.

    It preserved another solid outing by Burgos (3-1), who scattered four hits and three walks through eight innings and struck out six. The 20-year-old left-hander said he wished he could have finished what he started with a complete game.

    "I was really happy with myself," Burgos said. "I threw strikes, but got my pitch count up a little to get through the eighth inning. The ninth inning, I kind of just, I don’t know, felt a little different."

    Tendinitis in his left biceps prevented Burgos from making the Whitecaps out of spring training. But since joining the team June 5, he has a 1.35 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings.

    Burgos said his arm feels fine now, and the injury actually might have proven beneficial.

    "They put me in rehab and, to me, that’s been the biggest difference in my pitching," Burgos said. "It was pretty tough, but it helped a lot."
    West Michigan manager Ernie Young said Burgos had a shorter leash than Monday’s starting pitcher, Kevin Eichhorn, who pitched eight scoreless innings before allowing two hits and a walk that sparked South Bend’s comeback.

    "I didn’t want (Burgos) to come out with a no-decision from his own doing, or even a loss," Young said. "Other than having our pitcher go out there in the ninth inning the other day, I would have done everything the same exact way. Today, better outcome. The other day, not so good.

    "We’re all here to learn, we’re all here to get better every day and that includes myself. I’m not above or beneath anyone, and I don’t think I know everything. I don’t proclaim to know everything. Today the baseball bounced our way."

    Rondon also had a bit of redemption. Monday, the Midwest League All-Star blew his third save of the season when he relieved Eichhorn. Despite loading the bases Wednesday, Rondon was able to entice a ground out from South Bend’s Jhoan Pimentel to lock down his 13th save.

    "I want to see him keep his composure and he did that," Young said. "He kept his composure, got out of the inning, stayed under control. The bottom line is just to get the job done, and he got the job done."

    The Whitecaps scored both of their runs in the third. Luis Castillo smacked a single up the middle to drive in Dixon Machado, and Rob Brantly’s ground out scored Castillo.

    That turned out to be all Burgos and Rondon would need, although West Michigan’s defense helped out by making a number of strong plays, particularly Machado at shortstop and Hernan Perez at second.

    The Whitecaps have committed only two errors in six games in the second half of the season. They had 78 in the first half.

    "We’ve given ourselves an opportunity to win a lot more ballgames than we’ve lost this year," Young said. "Earlier in the season, we had a streak where we didn’t play defense very well, but if you look at the numbers for the league, I’m willing to bet we’re probably one of the best defensive teams in the league."

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    Rain halts Whitecaps' rally vs. Fort Wayne | MLive.com

    Published: Friday, July 01, 2011, 12:10 AM
    Updated: Friday, July 01, 2011, 12:14 AM
    By Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

    COMSTOCK PARK -- The weather halted the West Michigan Whitecaps’ rally.

    The Whitecaps scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie Thursday night’s game against the Fort Wayne TinCaps before lightning and rain cleared the field.

    The game was suspended after a 32-minute delay.

    Thursday’s game will resume at 6 tonight at Fifth Third Ballpark, followed by the second game of a three-game series.

    West Michigan trailed 3-1 entering the ninth, but Luis Castillo led off with a single, and Rob Brantly delivered a one-out single.

    Then, Nick Castellanos’ infield base hit scored Hernan Perez, and a throwing error on Fort Wayne third baseman Cole Tyrell on a ball hit by James Robbins allowed the game-tying run to score.

    The game will pick up with Castellanos on third base and Robbins on first with one out. Designated hitter Steven Moya is the next scheduled batter.

    "We just never quit," Whitecaps manager Ernie Young said. "The game isn’t complete yet, but we haven given ourselves an opportunity to win the game, and that’s all you really want. We got a couple of timely hits and put the ball in play, and that contributed to us tying the ball game."

    The Whitecaps failed to generate timely hits until the ninth, and left 10 runners on base through the first seven innings.
    Brantly snapped a 1-for-19 slump with a solo home run in the first inning.

    West Michigan starter Josue Carreno didn’t allow a hit until Rico Noel lined a single to center in the sixth inning to tie the score.

    Fort Wayne scored two runs in the eighth without getting a hit. Whitecaps reliever Antonio Cruz threw two wild pitches to allow both runs to score and give the TinCaps a 3-1 lead.

    The Whitecaps have 10 hits thus far, while Fort Wayne has only two.
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    Whitecaps win slugfest against TinCaps, 16-11 | MLive.com

    Published: Saturday, July 02, 2011, 12:00 AM
    Updated: Saturday, July 02, 2011, 8:18 AM
    By Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press


    COMSTOCK PARK -- West Michigan Whitecaps designated hitter Steven Moya ended Thursday’s suspended game against the Fort Wayne TinCaps in less than five minutes Friday.

    The ensuing game didn’t go as quickly.

    West Michigan and Fort Wayne labored through a nearly four-hour slugfest Friday night at Fifth Third Ballpark with the Whitecaps pulling out a 16-11 victory.

    The 16 runs were a season high for West Michigan, which scored 14 runs in a win at Burlington on June 12.

    The Whitecaps (5-3, 37-40) erupted for nine runs in the fifth inning en route to winning their third consecutive game.

    They have won five of eight to open the second half of the Midwest League season.

    West Michigan erased an early 5-2 deficit with the big fifth inning and led 11-5.

    It was the most runs scored in an inning this season for the Whitecaps, who sent 14 runners to the plate and had five consecutive RBI hits.

    The TinCaps, however, closed the gap with four runs in the seventh before the Whitecaps responded in the bottom of the inning.

    Nick Castellanos slapped a three-run double in the bottom of the inning to extend the lead again.

    Jeff Rowland, who had two runs scored, three walks, two sacrifice bunts and two stolen bases, scored Ryan Hamme on a squeeze bunt in the eighth.

    Every Whitecaps starter reached base, had at least one RBI and scored a run. Rowland and Rob Brantly were the only ones without a hit.

    Clay Jones came off the disabled list Friday and went 2-for-5 with two RBIs. It was his first game with the Whitecaps this season after suffering a broken hand in spring training.

    Hamme and Luis Castillo had three hits, Castellanos had two hits and four RBIs, and Michael Torrealba (5-2) got the win in relief for the Whitecaps.

    Ten pitchers threw a combined 364 total pitches between the two teams, which combined for 26 hits and five errors.

    The conclusion of Thursday’s suspended game required only four pitches after Moya laced a 1-2 pitch past a drawn-in infield to right field for a 4-3 walk-off victory.

    Moya, who was 0-for-4 before knocking in the game winner, scored Castellanos from third base as West Michigan rallied from a two-run deficit in the ninth.

    The Whitecaps finished with 11 hits. Castellanos, Rowland, James Robbins and Brantly each had two hits.

    Odds and ends
    -- Thursday night’s rain-suspended game marked the 10th time this season the Whitecaps have had a game postponed, canceled or suspended because of weather.

    -- Former Detroit Tiger Dick Tracewski did not appear at Fifth Third Ballpark as part of the Tiger Fridays series because of travel conflicts. Tracewski’s appearance has been rescheduled for July 29.
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    Kevin Eichhorn helps pitch West Michigan Whitecaps past Fort Wayne TinCaps | MLive.com

    Published: Saturday, July 02, 2011, 10:59 PM
    Updated: Saturday, July 02, 2011, 11:01 PM
    By Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

    COMSTOCK PARK — West Michigan Whitecaps starting pitcher Kevin Eichhorn didn’t pitch as well Saturday night as he did earlier in the week.

    But instead of a no-decision, Eichhorn earned his team-leading sixth victory of the season despite a shaky outing.

    Eichhorn helped carry the Whitecaps to a 4-2 win against the Fort Wayne TinCaps in front of 6,404 fans at Fifth Third Ballpark.

    Eichhorn, who threw eight solid innings Monday, improved to 6-3 after allowing one run in 6 1/3 innings Saturday.

    He allowed nine hits and stranded six runners on base in the first five innings, but the only damage was a solo home run to Luis Domoromo in the fourth.

    “He battled, that’s what he did,” Whitecaps manager Ernie Young said. “Sometimes you’re not going to have your good stuff. He had his best stuff five nights ago and got a no decision. He didn’t have his best stuff tonight and he got a win.”

    West Michigan swept the three-game series with the TinCaps and closed a six-game homestand at 4-2.

    The Whitecaps benefited from five Fort Wayne errors. Two of the Whitecaps’ four runs were unearned as the TinCaps committed four errors in the first three innings, three by shortstop B.J. Guinn.

    “They kicked the ball around, but we didn’t take advantage of the amount of errors that were posted,” Young said.

    West Michigan scored twice in the second inning after Fort Wayne booted the ball on back-to-back plays.

    A fielder’s choice scored Clay Jones and an RBI single by Jason Krizan made it 2-0.

    The Whitecaps extended their lead with runs in the fourth and fifth.

    Luis Castillo had an RBI single in the fourth and Sanz ripped an RBI single to score Steven Moya in the fifth.

    Sanz and Krizan, the eighth and ninth hitters, combined to go 5-for-8 with two RBIs and a run scored.

    Sanz had three singles, and Krizan, a recent draft pick out of Dallas Baptist University, singled in his first two at-bats after going 2-for-17 since joining the Whitecaps.

    “I was happy with both of those guys,” Young said. “Krizan just got here and is getting used to this level, and Sanz hasn’t played that much lately, but goes out there and gives me quality at-bats.”

    Kevan Hess, a Kalamazoo native, made his first appearance for the Whitecaps in relief and tossed two wild pitches, one that led to a run, in the eighth.

    Closer Bruce Rondon allowed back-to-back hits in the ninth, but worked out of trouble and earned his 14th save.

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    Whitecaps fall short in ninth, four-game win streak ends vs. TinCaps | MLive.com

    Published: Sunday, July 03, 2011, 10:15 PM
    Updated: Sunday, July 03, 2011, 10:47 PM
    By The Grand Rapids Press

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- The West Michigan Whitecaps failed to take advantage of a leadoff double in the ninth inning in a tie ballgame Sunday night.

    Fort Wayne, however, capitalized, and it marked the end of the Whitecaps' four-game winning streak.

    West Michigan suffered a 2-1 loss to the TinCaps at Parkview Field after Emmanuel Quiles delivered a walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth for Fort Wayne.

    Quiles singled off Whitecaps reliever Patrick Cooper and scored Wes Cunningham, who doubled to lead off the inning.

    West Michigan third baseman Nick Castellanos started the ninth with a double, but was stranded at third after James Robbins popped out, Clay Jones flew out to center field and Steven Moya struck out.

    The Whitecaps (6-4, 38-41) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Luis Castillo was hit by a pitch and scored on a Castellanos' ground out.

    West Michigan starter Kyle Ryan tossed five shutout innings until the TinCaps tied it with a two-out single in the sixth.

    Ryan went six innings and gave up five hits while striking out four.

    Fort Wayne starter Keyvius Sampson allowed the first two batters of the game to reach base, but then retired 12 in a row.

    The Whitecaps managed only six hits and were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
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    Inside the Whitecaps: Jeff Rowland, starting pitching keys to solid second-half start | MLive.com

    Published: Monday, July 04, 2011, 11:00 AM
    By Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

    Who's hot: Outfielder Jeff Rowland is batting .400 (8-for-20) through his first seven games of the second half. He has four doubles, six walks and a .600 on-base percentage. Rowland hit .107 in April, but has upped his average to .254.

    Who's not: Catcher Rob Brantly has struggled thus far in the second half and is batting .133 (4-30) in his last eight games with only one extra-base hit.

    Upcoming games: The Whitecaps (6-4, 38-41) continue a three-game series at Fort Wayne on Monday and Tuesday before traveling to Lansing to play three games against the Lugnuts. They'll return home for a three-game weekend series against Bowling Green.

    Looking forward: West Michigan plays 11 of its next 14 games on the road.

    Analysis: The Whitecaps entered Sunday's game against Fort Wayne tied for first place in the Midwest League's Eastern Division, and their early success has been generated by solid starting pitching. West Michigan starters have had seven quality starts in 10 games and are 3-1 with a 2.22 ERA. The Whitecaps have gone 17-8 since June 3 and are nearing the .500 mark for the first time since April.
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    Luis Castillo helps lift Whitecaps past TinCaps | MLive.com

    Published: Monday, July 04, 2011, 11:45 PM
    Updated: Monday, July 04, 2011, 11:50 PM
    By The Grand Rapids Press

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- One night after losing a game in the ninth inning, the West Michigan Whitecaps returned the favor with Luis Castillo’s run-scoring hit in the ninth, leading to Monday’s 4-3 win against the Fort Wayne TinCaps at Parkview Field.

    The Whitecaps (39-41) took advantage of a double off the glove of the Fort Wayne center fielder in their final at-bat as well as two TinCaps errors in the seventh and ninth innings to up their record to 7-4 in the second half.

    West Michigan, winners of five of its past six games, lost 2-1 on Sunday to the TinCaps on a walkoff single.

    The Whitecaps let 2-0 and 3-2 leads slip away before winning Monday's game in their final at-bat.

    West Michigan scored two first-inning runs after walks to Castillo and Dixon Machado and a two-run double by Nick Castellanos.

    Fort Wayne scored single runs in the first two innings, but West Michigan went up again 3-2 in the seventh when Jeff Rowland was safe on an error, stole second base and scored on a triple by newcomer Jason Krizan, an eighth-round pick of the Detroit Tigers last month who was assigned to the Whitecaps a week ago.

    Krizan had hit .372 in four seasons at Dallas Baptist.

    Fort Wayne tied the game in the bottom of the seventh on a run-scoring single by Rymer Liriano.

    But in the ninth, Rowland hit a sinking line drive to center field where Rico Noel managed to get his glove on the ball, but lost it when he hit the ground. Josh Ashenbrenner was safe on Fort Wayne’s second error of the game when shortstop B.J. Guinn misplayed a ball.

    Then with two outs, Castillo extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a looping single to center that scored Rowland.

    Four Whitecaps pitchers combined on a nine-hitter for the win. Ramon Lebron picked up his first win since June 8 by pitching a scoreless eighth inning while Bruce Rondon earned his 16th save of the season when he blanked the TinCaps in the ninth.
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    Whitecaps lose another one-run game to TinCaps | MLive.com

    Published: Tuesday, July 05, 2011, 10:50 PM
    Updated: Tuesday, July 05, 2011, 10:54 PM
    By The Grand Rapids Press

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- The West Michigan Whitecaps wound up with two tough losses, but they could have just as easily had a three-game sweep of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.

    The Whitecaps lost 5-4 to Fort Wayne on Tuesday at Parkview Field, the third one-run game between the teams in as many days.

    West Michigan lost for just the second time in its past seven games.

    The Whitecaps let 1-0 and 2-1 leads disappear as starting pitcher Josue Carreno (4-8) gave up five runs, four earned, on seven hits and four walks in four innings. Three of Carreno’s wins came in just an 11-day stretch from May 30-June 10.

    The Whitecaps scored a run in the second on singles by Clay Jones and Dixon Machado and a sacrifice fly by Luis Sanz.

    After the TinCaps tied the game in the bottom of the inning, the Whitecaps went back on top in the third on an RBI double by James Robbins.

    The TinCaps tied the score again in the bottom of the third, then went up 4-2 with two more runs in the fourth.

    West Michigan closed to within 5-4 in the eighth on a single by Jeff Rowland, an RBI triple by Hernan Perez and an RBI double by Nick Castellanos.

    Fort Wayne starter Mark Hardy, who had lost three of his past four decisions despite never giving up more than two runs, retired 13 of the last 14 batters he faced through the seventh.

    The first two games of the series had both been decided in the ninth inning. The TinCaps won 2-1 on a walkoff single Sunday, while the Whitecaps scored a run in the top of the ninth Monday to win 4-3.
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    Whitecaps suffer most lopsided loss of season | MLive.com

    Published: Wednesday, July 06, 2011, 10:45 PM
    Updated: Wednesday, July 06, 2011, 10:51 PM
    By The Grand Rapids Press

    LANSING -- The West Michigan Whitecaps have been competitive in a majority of their games this season.

    Wednesday wasn’t one of those games.

    The Whitecaps suffered their most lopsided loss this season after being pummeled 11-0 by the Lansing Lugnuts on Wednesday night at Cooley Law School Stadium.

    West Michigan’s previous worst loss was against Bowling Green (10-2) on May 24.

    Four Whitecaps pitchers combined to give up 14 hits, including five extra-base hits, and issue seven walks.

    West Michigan starter Brian Flynn (1-1) lasted only 1 2/3 innings after walking five batters and surrendering a pair of second-inning runs.

    A trio of relievers -- Kevan Hess, Jade Todd and Logan Hoch -- didn’t fare any better and allowed nine runs and 13 hits.
    The Lugnuts scored multiple runs in four of their eight innings.

    Lansing starter Casey Lawrence silenced the Whitecaps with 8 2/3 shutout innings before being pulled with two outs in the ninth due to a high pitch count. Lawrence struck out six and walked none.

    Lansing’s leadoff hitter, Michael Crouse, provided more than enough offense with a double, three-run home run and five RBIs.

    West Michigan managed only five hits, but first baseman James Robbins went 2-for-4 and third baseman Nick Castellanos extended his hitting steak to seven games with a one-out double in the ninth.

    The Whitecaps dropped to 7-6 in the second half and 39-43 overall.
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    Whitecaps snap nine-game losing streak vs. Lugnuts with five-run second inning | MLive.com

    Published: Thursday, July 07, 2011, 11:45 PM
    Updated: Thursday, July 07, 2011, 11:49 PM
    By The Grand Rapids Press

    LANSING -- The West Michigan Whitecaps finally got the best of the Lansing Lugnuts on Thursday night.

    The Whitecaps used a five-run second inning to beat the Lugnuts 8-5 at Cooley Law School Stadium and snapped a nine-game losing streak against their in-state rival.

    It was West Michigan’s first victory against Lansing since the season opener April 10.

    Whitecaps center fielder Luis Castillo went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs. He slugged a two-run home run in the second inning and tripled in the fourth.

    Castillo’s homer was part of a five-run outburst that was aided by a walk, hit batter, error and wild pitch from Lansing pitching.

    Lansing trimmed the Whitecaps’ lead to 5-4 in the third inning, but West Michigan responded with three runs in the top of the fourth.

    Steven Moya had an RBI single and Castillo’s triple scored Moya. Castillo scored the Whitecaps’ final run on a wild pitch.

    Whitecaps starter Kevin Eichhorn picked up his team-leading seventh win with six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

    He gave up four runs on nine hits and walked three.

    Moya, who was mired in an 0-for-11 slump in his past three games, went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles and scored two runs.

    Jeff Rowland also had two hits for the Whitecaps, who improved to 8-6 in the second half and 40-43 overall.

    Closer Bruce Rondon earned his 16th save by retiring the final batter of the ninth.
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    Whitecaps finish road trip with another one-run loss, 2-1 to Lansing Lugnuts | MLive.com

    Published: Friday, July 08, 2011, 10:35 PM
    Updated: Friday, July 08, 2011, 10:40 PM
    By The Grand Rapids Press

    LANSING -- If only the West Michigan Whitecaps could pull out the close ones, then a six-game road trip would have been deemed successful.

    Instead, another one-run loss Friday night prevented the Whitecaps from gaining much-needed momentum.

    West Michigan’s bats again came up short in a 2-1 setback against the Lansing Lugnuts in front of more than 8,000 fans at Cooley Law School Stadium.

    The Whitecaps (8-7, 40-44) ended their road trip at 2-4, and lost three games by one run. They dropped to 2-10 against Lansing this season.

    Lansing’s pitching staff stifled the Whitecaps, who had seven hits and were 1-for-4 with runners at third base.

    West Michigan’s lone run came in the top of sixth inning when Rob Brantly knocked in Hernan Perez to tie it at 1-1.

    The Whitecaps had an opportunity to score earlier in the inning, but Luis Sanz was thrown out at the plate by Lansing center fielder Jason Marisnick while attempting to score from second base.

    The Lugnuts scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the inning.

    Whitecaps starter Kyle Ryan (4-7) was tagged with the loss, despite a solid outing. He allowed two runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings and struck out four.

    Perez went 3-for-4 with two singles and a triple, and James Robbins had a pair of hits.
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    Nick Castellanos homers twice as Whitecaps cruise past Hot Rods | MLive.com

    Published: Saturday, July 09, 2011, 11:20 PM
    Updated: Saturday, July 09, 2011, 11:34 PM
    By Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

    COMSTOCK PARK -- The fourth inning was unkind to West Michigan Whitecaps starting pitcher Alex Burgos.

    But it wound up as the only trouble spot in an otherwise solid outing for the young lefty in Saturday night’s 11-3 victory against the Bowling Green Hot Rods in front of a sold out crowd of 10,528 at Fifth Third Ballpark.

    Burgos tossed six innings and allowed five hits and three runs -- all in the fourth inning.

    Other than the fourth, which included three infield singles by Bowling Green, Burgos retired 15-of-16 batters. He struck out six and issued one walk.

    "The ball didn’t bounce my way that inning, and I lost my composure a little bit," said Burgos, who is 4-1 in six starts since joining the Whitecaps from extended spring training on June 5.

    "I tried not to let any runs score, but my pitching coach (Mark Johnson) said to just minimize the damage because we were up by five. I threw strikes (tonight)."

    The Whitecaps staked Burgos an early five-run cushion with a pair of runs in the first and three more in the third.

    After the rough inning, Burgos settled down and got the next six batters in a row before giving way to Antonio Cruz in the seventh.

    "The early run support was awesome, and it gave me a lot of confidence," Burgos said. "I threw with confidence after that, and this was a great win for the team."

    West Michigan’s offense provided a jolt with 15 hits. Every starter had at least one hit.

    First-round draft pick Nick Castellanos went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and slugged a pair of home runs in the rout of the playoff-bound Hot Rods, who was the Eastern Division first-half champion.

    "This was definitely a huge win because we came off a tough loss to Lansing (on Friday) and we didn’t hit the ball well," Castellanos said. "And myself, I didn’t produce well in the past two games, so to come out in front of a big crowd on Star Wars night and help the team win feels good."

    The Whitecaps won the opener of a three-game home series against Bowling Green, and manager Ernie Young said it was important after a hard-luck road trip.

    "It was a good win, especially coming off a tough road trip where we lost four of the six, but three were by one run," he said. "When you put good at-bats together, and you don’t give away at-bats during the game, then guys are going to get hits and find holes."

    The Whitecaps jumped out to a 5-0 lead off Bowling Green starter George Jensen, who was 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA against West Michigan in four starts and had won eight consecutive games.

    Rob Brantly singled home Luis Castillo and Castellanos’ sacrifice fly plated Hernan Perez to open the scoring in the first.

    A two-run double by James Robbins and a two-out RBI single from Jeff Rowland increased West Michigan’s lead in the third.

    Castellanos led off the fifth inning with a solo home run that traveled more than 400 feet and barely cleared the center field wall.

    Clay Jones followed with a one-out double, and Rowland lined an RBI single through the right side.

    West Michigan tacked on four insurance runs in the eighth as Castellanos hit his second home run and became the second Whitecaps player this season with a multi-homer game.
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    Whitecaps' rally falls short vs. Bowling Green | MLive.com

    Published: Sunday, July 10, 2011, 9:45 PM
    Updated: Sunday, July 10, 2011, 9:46 PM
    By Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

    COMSTOCK PARK -- The West Michigan Whitecaps have not lacked resiliency this season.

    An early seven-run deficit Sunday afternoon, however, was too insurmountable for even the Whitecaps to overcome.

    West Michigan’s ninth-inning rally came up short in an 11-7 loss to the Bowing Green Hot Rods at Fifth Third Ballpark.

    The defeat snapped a five-game home winning streak, and evened the three-game series at one apiece.

    The Whitecaps (9-8, 41-45) loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Luis Sanz flied out harmlessly to center field to end the threat.

    "I told you are they are not going to quit -- they haven’t quit all year," Whitecaps manager Ernie Young said. "I expect that out of these guys. We had the game-tying run at the plate and the winning run on deck, but the bottom line is we dug too deep of a hole early in the game to climb out of."

    West Michigan pounded out 15 hits, and every position player had at least one hit for the second day in a row, but the Whitecaps left 10 runners on base.

    They trailed 10-3 in the fifth inning, but cut the deficit to 10-7 with three runs in the bottom of the fifth and a run in the seventh.

    "We definitely battled all the way to the end, but they got a jump on us at the start," said West Michigan designated hitter Rob Brantly, who went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

    "Something sparked us, and we started playing better baseball, but it’s a nine-inning game and we have to minimize those three-run innings on defense to help keep us in the game."

    Whitecaps starter Josue Carreno has struggled against the Hot Rods all season, and that didn’t change Sunday.

    Carreno was 0-3 with a 11.91 ERA in three starts against Bowling Green, and gave up nine runs (seven earned) on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.

    He walked three batters and uncorked a wild pitch that led to a first-inning run in losing for the ninth time.

    "When you don’t mix up your pitches, then that is going to happen," Young said. "That is a good hitting team over there. They are aggressive in the zone and they run the bases very well. They are probably the best baserunning team in the league, in my opinion, and they are going to keep pressure on you."

    The Whitecaps fell behind 8-3 before reliever Jade Todd relieved Carreno in the fifth and served up a two-run home to Derek Dietrich on his first pitch.

    Brantly roped a two-run double in the fifth, and Clay Jones’ sacrifice fly made it 10-6.

    Nick Castellanos slammed an RBI double to the gap in the seventh, but it was as close as West Michigan would get.

    "We had our chances," Young said. "We plugged away and plugged away, and we stayed in the game and gave ourselves another crack at tying or winning. That extra run they scored in the ninth made it tough because then a grand slam doesn’t beat you."

    Sanz, who gave Brantly a day off behind the plate, went 2-for-3 and had a two-run double in the fourth inning.

    Castellanos, Jones, Hernan Perez and Jeff Rowland also had two hits each for the Whitecaps.
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    Inside the Whitecaps: Hitting surge continues for third baseman Nick Castellanos | MLive.com

    Published: Monday, July 11, 2011, 10:00 AM
    By Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

    Who's hot: Third baseman Nick Castellanos batted .392 (11-for-28) last week with six RBIs, four runs scored, four doubles and two home runs. He has raised his average to a season-high .308 and leads the Midwest League with 96 hits. Castellanos recently was named the Detroit Tigers' Minor League Player of the Month for June.

    Who's not: Pitcher Josue Carreno struggled last week and suffered through a pair of disappointing starts. The 20-year-old from Venezuela allowed a combined 11 earned runs and 16 hits in losses to Fort Wayne and Bowling Green. He lasted less than five innings in each game. Carreno has the worst record among the starting rotation at 4-9 and hasn't won since June 10.

    Upcoming games: The Whitecaps (9-8, 41-45) wrap up a three-game home series tonight against Bowling Green before embarking on a six-game road trip Wednesday against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and Beloit Snappers.

    Looking forward: West Michigan returns to inter-divisional play this week with a pair of three-game series against Wisconsin and Beloit. The Whitecaps went 9-3 against Western Division opponents in the first half, which included three-game sweeps of Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Peoria.

    Analysis: The Whitecaps enter the week tied for third in the Midwest League's Eastern Division and need to string together wins in order to remain in the mix for a second-half playoff berth. They haven't won consecutive games since earlier this month, and must show improved consistency at the plate and on the mound.
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    Whitecaps pound out 11 hits, beat Hot Rods | MLive.com

    Published: Monday, July 11, 2011, 11:45 PM
    Updated: Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 12:52 AM
    By Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

    COMSTOCK PARK -- West Michigan Whitecaps manager Ernie Young understands the importance of winning each series as his team makes a push toward a second-half playoff spot.

    The Whitecaps took a positive step toward that goal Monday night.

    West Michigan took two of three games from Bowling Green with an impressive 4-2 win at Fifth Third Ballpark.

    The Whitecaps (10-8, 42-45) moved into a three-way tie for second place in the second half with Great Lakes and Lansing in the Midwest League’s Eastern Division.

    "This was a big win, obviously, and you have to look at every series win from now, till the end of the year, as big wins," Young said. "In order for us to make the playoffs, we’re going to have to string series wins together. Anytime you win two out of three games, you have a better chance of being successful throughout the season."

    West Michigan’s bats continue to show signs of life after a third consecutive game with double-digit hits.

    The Whitecaps piled up 11 more hits Monday, and have 41 in their past three games.


    "These guys are coming along and stringing together good at-bats, especially at crucial times," Young said. "And it goes to show that being persistent, and working hard, pays off in the end."

    West Michigan trailed 2-0 early, and managed only one hit through the first three innings against Bowling Green’s Braulio Lara.

    But in the bottom of the fourth, Rob Brantly, who had three hits, led off the inning with a double to ignite a three-run rally.

    The Whitecaps scored a pair of runs on groundouts, and Ryan Hamme ripped a RBI single.

    West Michigan added to its lead in the sixth inning with back-to-back singles from Dixon Machado and Jason Krizan.

    Then, Bowling Green botched an easy double play on a ball hit by Steven Moya, and Machado scored to give the Whitecaps a two-run margin.

    "We started a little slow, but we hit the ball well after that and we scored four runs," said Machado, who went 3-for-4 with three singles.

    "We are making good swings as a team right now, and hits are going to come when that happens."

    Whitecaps starting pitcher Brian Flynn shrugged off a rough first inning to notch his second professional win.

    Flynn, a 6-foot-8 lefty, allowed two runs on three hits in the first, but settled down and limited the Hot Rods to two hits over the next four innings.

    It was Flynn’s first victory since June 26.

    "I threw a lot of balls in the first inning, and I walked five batters in my last outing so I was like, ‘Here we go again,'" Flynn said. "But I got the mentality of just throwing strikes, and I went out there in the second inning and started new and got rolling. I wanted to get the first inning out of my head, and it felt good to battle so we could win the series."

    The West Michigan bullpen tossed four scoreless innings in relief, and Bruce Rondon earned his 17th save.

    Monday’s victory marked the end of a brief three-game homestand. The entire league has an off day today before West Michigan hits the road for a six-game interdivisional stretch at Wisconsin and Peoria.
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    Clay Jones' grand slam lifts Whitecaps past Timber Rattlers on the road | MLive.com

    Published: Thursday, July 14, 2011, 12:40 AM
    Updated: Thursday, July 14, 2011, 7:39 AM
    By The Grand Rapids Press

    APPLETON, Wis. -- West Michigan Whitecaps designated hitter Clay Jones picked the perfect time to hit his first home run of the season.

    Jones crushed a grand slam in the 12th inning to send the Whitecaps to a dramatic 7-5 win against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Wednesday night.

    The game was tied 3-3 when Jones took a 3-2 pitch and knocked it over the left-center field wall.

    It was the second grand slam hit by a Whitecaps player this season. James Robbins had the other.

    Five home runs were hit by the two teams, including three by West Michigan in the opener of a three-game series against the Timber Rattlers.

    Hernan Perez and Rob Brantly hit solo homers earlier in the game.

    Jones saved West Michigan (11-8, 43-45) from coming up empty in the 12th after loading the bases with nobody out.

    Luis Castillo led off the inning with a single, Perez doubled and Brantly was intentionally walked.

    Nick Castellanos and James Robbins proceeded to strike out before Jones came through with the clutch hit.

    Wisconsin scored twice in the bottom of the 12th with three consecutive hits off West Michigan closer Bruce Rondon. Rondon struck out Michael Walker with two runners on base to end the threat.

    Patrick Cooper earned the win in relief. He allowed one run on three hits in 3 2/3 innings.

    Perez and Brantly had three hits each for West Michigan, which finished with 12 hits and has a combined 53 in its past four games.
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    Whitecaps' bats silenced vs. Timber Rattlers | MLive.com

    Published: Thursday, July 14, 2011, 11:00 PM
    Updated: Friday, July 15, 2011, 12:11 AM
    By The Grand Rapids Press

    APPLETON, Wis. -- The West Michigan Whitecaps finally had their bats cooled off.

    The Whitecaps entered Thursday night averaging nearly 14 hits in their past four games, but managed only three hits in a 2-1 loss against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

    Wisconsin starter Maverick Lasker and reliever Adrian Rosario shut down West Michigan’s offense and limited the Whitecaps to only three singles.

    West Michigan scored its lone run on a bases-loaded walk in the third inning and led 1-0 before the Timber Rattlers rallied.

    Whitecaps starter Kyle Ryan tossed five scoreless innings until Wisconsin scraped out four hits and took the lead with a pair of runs in the sixth.

    West Michigan (11-9, 43-46) had an opportunity to tie the score in the eighth when Luis Castillo singled to lead off the inning and Hernan Perez walked.

    Rob Brantly’s sacrifice bunt put runners in scoring position, but Clay Jones struck out and James Robbins grounded out to end the inning.

    Ryan allowed two runs on nine hits in six innings of work, but dropped to 4-8 after failing to get run support.

    Lasker retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced and earned the win for Wisconsin.

    Castillo, Robbins and Josh Ashenbrenner singled for West Michigan, which stranded seven runners and was 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
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    Published: Friday, July 15, 2011, 11:30 PM
    Updated: Saturday, July 16, 2011, 12:47 AM
    By The Grand Rapids Press

    APPLETON, Wis. -- Close games have become a common occurrence for the West Michigan Whitecaps.

    They’ve been successful, for the most part.

    The Whitecaps fended off Wisconsin 5-4 on Friday for their fifth win in their past eight games.

    James Robbins’ third hit of the game, an RBI single with two outs in the top of the ninth, snapped a 4-4 tie and gave the Whitecaps the win.

    It was another tight game with a happy ending for West Michigan, which has now won three of its past five games decided by two runs or less, including two wins against Wisconsin.

    West Michigan beat the TimberRattlers 7-5 on Wednesday with a four-run 12th inning before losing to them 2-1 on Thursday.

    Both teams suffered bullpen collapses.

    Wisconsin snapped a 1-1 tie with a three-run seventh inning, but the Whitecaps tied it with three runs in the top of the eighth.

    Ryan Hamme and Nick Castellanos walked and Robbins followed with an RBI single. Jason Krizan drove in another run with a bounce out and the game was tied on a wild pitch and an error.

    The Whitecaps took a 1-0 first inning lead on a single by Jeff Rowland and a double by Hernan Perez.

    Whitecaps reliever Clemente Mendoza picked up his first win of the season in blanking the TimberRattlers in the last 2 1/3 innings.
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