Whitecaps win 5-0, Tigs and Wolves rained out

Both the Tigers and Seawolves had their games rained out, but West Michigan was able to get its first game in - a 5-0 victory over Lansing. Virgil Vasquez was virtually unhittable at the plate, while the Whitecaps offense came alive near the end of the game to provide plenty of support for the Whitecaps to take a 1-0 lead in the best of 3 series.

Virgil Vasquez had arguably the best season of any pitcher in the Tiger system - which one would think would qualify him as his own team's "ace".

Well, Vasquez got the ball in Game 1 of their playoff series against nearby Lansing and didn't disappoint. Vasquez went 8 innings, allowing just 1 hit - a 5th inning single - with no runs. He also walked a batter and struck out 2. Anthony Tomey came in and pitched 9th to close it out.

Kody Kirkland had a good game, scoring the team's first run in going 2-for-4 with 2 runs and an RBI. Bo Flowers and Kelly Hunt each went 2-for-4 with a run, while Flowers also drove a run in.

The Whitecaps are now up 1-0 in the best of 3 series. On Thursday, they'll travel to Lansing to try and advance, when Chris Steinborn takes the mound.

As for the rained out games, the Tigers will have a doubleheader with Kansas City on Thursday, adding in an evening game as they already had an afternoon game scheduled. Jason Johnson will face Zack Greinke in the afternoon, and Jeremy Bonderman will take on Derrick May in the nightcap.

Erie will have everything pushed back a day - with Altoona still hosting games Thursday and Friday night. No word yet on if Kyle Sleeth will still start the opener, or if Matt Roney (game 2 scheduled starter) will take the hill.

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