Erie, after being rained out in the series opener on Wednesday, started the series a day late on Thursday. It wasn't a good start, as it wasn't as bad as the performance from Tiger pitching - but it was close. The team lost 14-2. Kyle Sleeth took the loss, giving up 7 runs (just 3 earned) in 4 innings of work. And the bullpen couldn't slow down Altoona either, as they managed another 7 runs, including 4 off Pedro Diaz. David Espinosa did go 2-for-4 with a run, and Kurt Airoso had a solo Home Run to lead the way at the plate. Rick Kirsten is listed as the starter, but it will probably be Matt Roney, the original starter for Thursday night's game. Altoona is up 1-0 in the best of 5 series.
And back in the state of Michigan, the Whitecaps couldn't close out Lansing in their best of 3 set, forcing a deciding game 3 on Friday night. Chris Steinborn didn't pitch poorly, giving up 3 runs in 5 2/3 innings, but unfortunately it wasn't good enough to get a win. Eric Rodland drove in the team's lone run via an RBI double. Kody Kirkland went 1-for-2, scoring the team's run. Game 3 takes place on Friday night with the series tied at 1 and the winner will take on South Bend for the Eastern division championship. Jordan Tata will try and get that deciding win for West Michigan in Lansing on Friday night.