Whitecaps Win the East: Tigers Farm Team Can Win Championship
On Monday, an important baseball game was played though it may have only been noticed by the most die-hard of baseball fans.
This game I'm referring to is the Midwest League Eastern Division championship. Locals had a rooting interest as the Lansing Lugnuts had punched their ticket defeating the Great Lakes Loons in a 2-0 sweep. The Tigers die-hards also had a rooting interest. The West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit's low-A affiliate) swept the Fort Wayne Tincaps to earn their spot.
The Lugnuts and the Whitecaps split the first two of a three game series leading to a winner take all game Monday night in Lansing.
The final score ended up 14-5 Whitecaps, though it wasn't until the top of the seventh that the game burst open, coming into the seventh up 6-5 West Michigan exploded for five runs and never looked back en route to 22 hits throughout the course of the game and booking their spot in the Midwest League final.
The West Michigan Whitecaps will take on the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Minnesota low-A affiliate) in a best-of-5 series that starts Wednesday night in Comstock Park, Mich. The Whitecaps are looking for their 6th Midwest League title. The Kernels would be going for championship number four.
The Tigers could use this boost to what's been a lackluster season. On top of the woeful ways of the parent club (currently 65-78) their minor league teams have gone, in order: AAA Toledo (61-83) AA Erie (64-78) A+ Lakeland (55-79) A West Michigan (75-64) and A- Connecticut (35-38). No matter what way you slice it, it hasn't been a good year for the Tigers and their system.