ICYMI: Tigers Farm Team Wins Championship
On Monday, if you were busy bearing the brunt of a Tigers team getting swept in a day-night doubleheader with the White Sox, or if you were busy watching Andrew Luck cough the ball up time after time on Monday Night football, you might have missed a winner take all for the Midwest League Championship A game that featured a Detroit Tigers rooting interest.
The Tiger's low-A affiliate the West Michigan Whitecaps won their sixth Midwest League Championship on Monday, defeating the Cedar Rapids Kernels 3-2 in a fifth and final game of the best-of-five championship series.
After Cedar Rapids took a two run lead through four innings the Whitecaps rallied on a three run fifth capped with a David Gonzalez single to score what would turn out to be the tying run. Gonzalez who was hitting ninth in the game isn't listed in the Tigers' top 30 prospects according to MLB Pipeline.
West Michigan took the lead on a wild pitch from Luke Bard. They would hold the one run lead for the remainder of the game.
The Whitecaps gave up only four hits during the contest. The Kernels pitching staff gave up five to the Whitecaps in a tightly contested championship game.
This is the Whitecaps sixth Midwest League title, first since 2007. The Whitecaps joined the league in 1994, and have been affiliated with the Detroit Tigers since 1997.