by Jacob Visscher
Comstock Park, MICH.- From growing up having dreams of being a professional baseball player to getting drafted after 3-4 years of college or right out of high school as a young 17, 18, or 19 year old, to having goals of making an impression and proving themselves to get called up to the major leagues.
The West Michigan Whitecaps, single A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, hosted the Fort Wayne TinCaps, part of the San Diego Padres organization, in a league match up. Each player hoping to prove themselves again. The Whitecaps came into the game with a strong record of 30-14. The TinCaps came into Fifth Third Ballpark struggling with a 17-28 record. To add to the excitement of the Whitecaps strong performance lately, it was school day at the ballpark so many elementary school, middle school, and high schools were in attendance.
Alfred Gutierrez took the mound for the Whitecaps and shut down the TinCaps in the first inning. Offensively the Whitecaps responded to Gutierrez’s strong first inning by scoring 2 runs in the first. Neither team scored in the 2nd and 3rd innings then the Whitecaps rallied for 3 runs in the bottom of the 4th inning. The rest of the game went scoreless for both teams. Gutierrez had a strong performance pitching seven innings allowing only 3 hits and striking out 7. Josh Lester lead the way for the Whitecaps on offense going 2-3 with a double, a triple, and an RBI.
The Whitecaps improved their record to 31-14 and plays next on Thursday, May 25 at 6:35 at Fifth Third Ballpark.