Whitecaps Get One Win, Lose Another

You get one, they take one away.

The West Michigan Whitecaps got a win over the Bowling Green Hot Rods 6-5 on Wednesday, but earlier in the day lost a win they thought they had yesterday after the Midwest League upheld a protest.

Antonio Cruz (1-4) got his first win of the season, and Billy Nowlin hit his third home run of the season in West Michigan's 6-5 win over Bowling Green, Wednesday.

Now the two teams will finish Tuesday's game tomorrow.

The Caps thought they had won the game 6-3 yesterday, but the Hot Rods protested the game after the fifth inning.

With the Whitecaps ahead, 4-3, the Hot Rods were batting with the bases loaded and one out.  Steve Tinoco drove a ball to right-center that Luis Castillo grabbed with a diving catch.  All three baserunners circled the bags and crossed the plate, but the Whitecaps appealed to first base, and Kevin Kiermaier was called out for not tagging up.

The umpires ruled that none of the runs scored counted, but the Hot Rods protested, and today the Midwest League ruled in favor of the Hot Rods.

So the two teams will pick up Tuesday's game tomorrow in the top of the sixth inning with the Hot Rods leading 5-4.  After the conclusion of that game, the two teams will play Thursday's regularly scheduled ballgame.