Whitecaps' 9th-inning rally comes up short

The West Michigan Whitecaps nearly treated a Wednesday night crowd of 5,067 to a thrilling comeback victory at Fifth Third Ballpark, but their ninth-inning rally fell short in a 3-2 loss to the Quad Cities River Bandits. West Michigan (21-32) was held scoreless through the first eight innings before roaring back in the final frame, eventually losing for the fourth time in their last five games. Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the ninth, the Whitecaps refused to go down quietly.
Tribune Staff
Jun 2, 2011


Ryan Hamme led off the inning by drawing a walk. Steven Moya also found himself with a full count, fouling off a series of pitches before clubbing a long two-run homer to right that flew all the way into the parking lot.

Within a 3-2 score and still with nobody out in the ninth, Luis Castillo drew a walk. Dixon Machado bunted the runner into scoring position and Jeff Rowland earned a free pass. That put both the potential game-tying and go-ahead runs aboard with one out. But Hernan Perez struck out and Rob Brantly flew out to center.


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