Tigs, Caps both fall in extra inning battles

Both the Tigers and Whitecaps put up a good fight on Saturday night, with both teams forcing extra innings. But in the end, neither team came out victorious, as the Tigers lost in 12 innings, the Whitecaps in 16. The Tigers put up 4 runs in the 10th inning, only to see the lead evaporate in the bottom half of the inning. Meanwhile West Michigan will now play their deciding game 5 Sunday afternoon.

Jose Contreras outdid Jason Johnson, but not by that much. Both pitchers allowed 4 runs, although Contreras gave up his over 7 innings, while Johnson got pulled after just 4 2/3 innings.

The Tigers however found out once again how much they miss Ugueth Urbina, still in his native Venezuela as the search continues for his kidnapped mother. After a 4-run 10th, neither Jamie Walker or John Ennis could close the door on the White Sox, as they matched the output with 4 runs of their own.

An infield single by Aaron Rowand proved to be the difference.

At the plate, Dmitri Young and Carlos Pena led the way, each belting a pair of Home Runs and driving in 3 runs each.

Rowand drove in 3 runs total for Chicago, while Joe Borchard also drove in 3 runs, including his 5th Home Run of the year.

Jeremy Bonderman will face Freddy Garcia in the series finale at 3:05pm on Sunday afternoon.

Back on the farm, the Whitecaps lost a heartbreaker, falling 7-5 to Kane County in 16 innings. Cristhian Martinez struggled some, giving up 3 runs in 4 1/3 innings before being pulled in favor of Brian Rogers, who pitched 3 shutout innings. Kenon Ronz had an excellent outing, pitching 2 2/3 hitless innings, and 7 of the 8 outs which he recorded were strikeouts.

Eulogio Delacruz ended up taking the loss, giving up a 2-run Home Run in the top of the 16th, his second inning of work.

Danilo Sanchez had a good game at the plate, launching a solo Home Run in a 3-for-6 day. Vincent Blue went 3-for-7 with an RBI, and Jason Knoedler drove in a pair of runs.

The deciding game 5 takes place on Sunday afternoon at 2pm. Daniel Zell will get the start for West Michigan.

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