MiLB Recap Blog: 'Caps Season Ends

Putkonen was strong in the series deciding game.

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September 11th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – END OF SEASON
73-70, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - END OF SEASON
71-70, 4th in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – END OF SEASON
26-39, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - GREAT LAKES 3, WEST MICHIGAN 2
2-1, Great Lakes wins series

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - END OF SEASON
35-39, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - END OF SEASON
29-30, 5th in North Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
37-31, 4th in DSL B.C. B.C.

Rookie VSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
24-44, 7th in VSL

The Whitecaps put themselves down 2-0 after three innings despite a strong start from righty Luke Putkonen, but they managed to fight back with runs in the fifth and seventh innings to tie the game. Putkonen finished the game with a quality start, turning in six innings allowing six hits and two runs (one earned), while striking out six. Tyler Conn came on in relief to throw three shutout innings and force extras, but closer Tyler Stohr gave up a one-out solo shot in the tenth. Brent Wyatt led the offense with two hits including a double in five at-bats. Billy Nowlin and Ben Guez both scored runs, while Brandon Douglas tripled to provide the offense. The 'Caps tried to mount a come back in the tenth as Wyatt ripped a one-out double and Ronnie Bourquin walked, but a strikeout by Avisail Garcia and popout by Ben Guez ended the game.

September 10th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – END OF SEASON
73-70, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - END OF SEASON
71-70, 4th in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – END OF SEASON
26-39, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 7, GREAT LAKES 0
1-1, Best of Three

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - END OF SEASON
35-39, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - END OF SEASON
29-30, 5th in North Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
37-31, 4th in DSL B.C. B.C.

Rookie VSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
24-44, 7th in VSL

The Whitecaps forced a rubber match with Great Lakes on Thursday with a 7-0 shutout win. Adam Wilk and Rob Waite combined to toss the shutout, with Wilk getting the win and Waite the save. Wilke gave up just two hits in 5 2/3 innings of work, with eight strikeouts. While Waite only struck out one in the final 3 1/3 innings, he also allowed just two hits to help secure the win. The 'Caps were put in position to win by a six run second inning, giving the club a comfortable lead early. Billy Nowlin was a monster again at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a run scored and driving in three runs. Brent Wyatt also scored a pair of runs, while four other Whitecaps each drove in a run. The 'Caps square off against Great Lakes for the final game of the set on Friday evening at Fifth Third Ballpark.

September 9th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – END OF SEASON
73-70, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - END OF SEASON
71-70, 4th in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – END OF SEASON
26-39, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - GREAT LAKES 7, WEST MICHIGAN 2
0-1, Best of Three

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - END OF SEASON
35-39, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - END OF SEASON
29-30, 5th in North Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
37-31, 4th in DSL B.C. B.C.

Rookie VSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
24-44, 7th in VSL

The Whitecaps dropped the series opener with Great Lakes, falling 7-2 in the best of three series. After a few weeks off battling blister issues, Casey Crosby made his return to the mound, but he clearly wasn't passed his lingering issues. Crosby made it just 2 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on six hits. He also walked two and struck out two. Victor Larez slowed the bleeding, giving up two runs in 4 1/3 innings, but the West Michigan offense couldn't mount a comeback attempt. Brandon Douglas had a pair of hits and a pair of RBI, but Joe Bowen was the only other 'Caps player to manage a hit. The Whitecaps will host Great Lakes on Thursday evening at Fifth Third Ballpark to try and even the series at one game apiece.

Posted by: Wez, 9/10


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