Whitecaps fall in 13-inning marathon

The West Michigan Whitecaps ended the first half of the 2011 season with a 13-inning marathon at Fifth Third Ballpark, ultimately losing to the Lake County Captains, 10-5, in front of a Father's Day crowd of 6,925. West Michigan (32-37) missed out on the series sweep with the loss, but still heads into the All-Star break with 11 wins in their last 15 games. The Whitecaps held four separate leads on Sunday afternoon, but could not pull away as Lake County (28-41) rallied back to snap their 10-game losing streak.
Tribune Staff
Jun 20, 2011


As the game stretched into extra innings tied at 5-5, the ‘Caps missed out on a series of opportunities for a walk-off win. Steven Moya led off the 11th with a double and advanced to third on an error, but three straight groundouts left him stranded 90 feet away. Hernan Perez led off the 12th with a single and was bunted to second, but a pair of groundouts left him standing at third base as West Michigan squandered another rally.

In the top of the 13th, the Captains took advantage.

Having already thrown 3 2/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen, Patrick Cooper could not make it out of the 13th. Jordan Casas led off with a bunt single and Dwight Childs laid down a sacrifice, but James Robbins’ aggressive throw towards second base bounced away to the outfield. That put runners at the corners with nobody out for Nick Bartalone, who promptly broke the tie with a single to center. The wheels came off from there, as Lake County sent 10 men to the plate in the inning and added two-run singles by both LeVon Washington and Giovanny Urshela for the 10-5 final.

Nick Sarianides (4-3) finished things off with a scoreless bottom of the 13th, picking up the win with two shutout innings of relief.

Cooper (3-4) suffered the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits over 4.1 innings following the rough finish.


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