Bookmark and Share

comments West Michigan Whitecaps explode in ninth to beat Cedar Rapids

Apr 18th, 2014 - Sports News

Mlive– Following back-to-back walk-off extra-inning losses on Tuesday and Wednesday, the West Michigan Whitecaps were not about to let another game slip away on Thursday night.

After giving up the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning, the ‘Caps stormed back for four runs in the top of the ninth and prevailed for a 7-3 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Whitecaps nearly led wire-to-wire, taking a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning before the Kernels tied the score on a two-run double by Logan Wade.

Determined to avoid a third straight extra-inning game, West Michigan went back to work with the score tied at 3-3.

Wynton Bernard led off the top of the ninth with a towering double off the left field wall and was promptly bunted to second by Harold Castro. With the infield in, Javier Betancourt lined the next pitch to right-center for the go-ahead single.

Raph Rhymes reached base on a fielder’s choice that put runners at first and second and Dominic Ficociello followed with a base hit through the middle. Center fielder Jason Kanzler couldn’t handle the baseball, allowing both Betancourt and Rhymes to score as Ficociello raced all the way to third. Ben Verlander added a sacrifice fly to cap the four-run, four-hit rally and push the lead to 7-3.

Betancourt.jpgJavier Betancourt was 3-for-5 with the go-ahead RBI-single on Thursday. The 18-year-old phenom leads the Midwest League with 22 hits through 14 games.

Jon Maciel (1-0) earned the win with four innings of relief. The 21-year-old right-hander allowed two runs – one earned – on five hits with three strikeouts and one walk.

He took over after five strong innings from starter Jonathon Crawford, who limited the Kernels to one run on three hits over five innings. Crawford, the Detroit Tigers’ first-round pick in 2013, has allowed just one run over 10.1 innings in his last two outings.

Betancourt led the offensive attack with a 3-for-5 night, notching his eighth multi-hit effort through 14 games and increasing his league-leading hit total to 22. Bernard and Brett Harrison each had two-hit games and Verlander added a pair of RBI to increase his team-leading total to 10.

Hudson Boyd (2-1) suffered the loss. After Cedar Rapids relievers Brandon Bixler and Brandon Peterson combined for five shutout innings, Boyd was roughed up for four runs on four hits in the ninth.

The Whitecaps continue their six-game road trip with the middle game of a three-game series against the Cedar Rapids Kernels at 7:35 p.m. ET on Friday night.

Local News

Local News RSS

Woman allegedly driving while intoxicated, crashes into Walgreens store

(Mlive)-- Police believe a woman was driving while intoxicated when she crashed into a Walgreens Pharmacy building Thursday night near 68th Street SW and South Division Avenue.

Kent County sheriff'...

Job fairs looking to fill local positions.

Looking for a job?

A couple more job fairs are scheduled for this week.

Wednesday the Walmart in Kentwood held a job fair to fill positions for a new store that is coming to Wyoming on 54th Street. ...

Read More Local News

State News

State News RSS

Secretary of state online service expanding to AAA

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan secretary of state's office is expanding its most popular online services to select Triple A branches.

The ExpressSOS DOT com will be accessible through...

Grassroots group submits petition for wage raise

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Labor and community organizers have submitted about 320,000 petition signatures calling for a Michigan ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017.

...

Read More State News

National News

National News RSS

Indianapolis grasps for answers in a violent year

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis is in the grip of one of its most violent years on record.

The Indiana capital has already recorded 60 homicides and is on pace to have its deadliest year in eigh...

Obama to tackle youth sports concussion issue

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is holding a White House Summit today to draw attention to young athletes and concussions.

Among those attending will be representatives of professional s...

Read More National News

International News

International News RSS

Another tragedy at sunken ferry

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Another diver has died while searching for bodies inside a sunken South Korean ferry.

A government task force spokesman says the civilian diver was underwater today, cut...

Ukraine military chopper shot down near Slovyansk

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president says 14 soldiers were killed when a government military helicopter was shot down in eastern Ukraine today.

Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov says rebel...

Read More International News

Sports News

Sports News RSS

Porcello earns eighth win as Tigers split series

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the fifth to back Rick Porcello's eighth victory, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Thursday for a split ...

Donaldson's 3-run HR in 9th lifts A's over Tigers

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Josh Donaldson hit a game-ending, three-run homer off Joe Nathan with one out in the ninth inning and Scott Kazmir pitched his first complete game in nearly eight years as the...

Read More Sports News

Health News

Health News RSS

Study of Unique Sea Animals May Impact Alzheimer's Research

WASHINGTON (AP) — Exotic sea creatures called comb jellies may reshape how scientists view cell development as their genes suggest they have more than one way to make a nervous system.

These beau...

Potential Treatment for Spinal Cord Injury Patients

LONDON (AP) — Doctors in London researching spinal cord injuries say they've had success using an experimental treatment on four patients now.

They've gotten them to stand and move their legs by ...

Read More Health News