Good news first - as the West Michigan Whitecaps advanced to Eastern division finals with their 3-2 win over Lansing on Friday night. Jordan Tata led the team to victory with an excellent start, giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on just 3 hits, with 6 strikeouts as well. Anthony Tomey and Chris Homer each pitched an inning to preserve the lead and lock up the win. Kelly Hunt had a big game at the plate, going 2-for-4 with 2 solo Home Runs. The second of the two turned out to be the game winning run. Danilo Sanchez also had an RBI double for the Whitecaps. The team now moves on to face South Bend, with game 1 taking place in South Bend on Saturday night. No word yet on the starter, but Cristhian Martinez has yet to come out of the bullpen, so it's a good bet he'll get the nod.
Erie on the other hand didn't do so well, as they lost 8-3 to Altoona. Matt Roney was the victim on Friday night, giving up all 8 runs (6 earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Juan Tejada and Chad Meyers each had a solo Home Run for the Seawolves, but it wasn't nearly enough to get a victory. Kurt Airoso also had a pair of hits, and Curtis Granderson had an RBI double. The Seawolves, now down 2-0, will return home and attempt to stay alive in the best-of-5 series. It appears as if Rick Kirsten will take the mound for Erie and try and get a victory for the team, but with the pitching struggles, it's clear the offense will need to carry its weight to get a win.