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Whitecaps Walk Off Loons in Crazy 10-Inning Comeback

Triple Play, Four-Run Ninth Not Enough for Great Lakes

September 10, 2022 – Midwest League (MWL)Great Lakes Loons News Release

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. – The Great Lakes Loons felt like they had something figured out Saturday night. In nine innings of offense, they collected four runs on nine hits and took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning.


And when the West Michigan Whitecaps came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth at LMCU Ballpark, they’d have to face off against the Loons’ best reliever, Ben Harris, who had not allowed a run in his last 23 innings of work.

The Whitecaps still found a way to victory.

West Michigan scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, including three with two strikes and two outs, and walked the game off in the 10th inning, defeating the Loons 5-4.

The Loons (76-55, 36-29 second half) struck first in the second inning thanks to a solo home run from Aldrich De Jongh, his ninth of the season. Great Lakes took a 1-0 lead at that point.

For the Whitecaps (72-59, 41-24), that was the only run allowed by starting right-handed pitcher Jackson Jobe, the top prospect in the Tigers’ organization. He tossed five innings of two-hit baseball, walking one and striking out four.

Great Lakes, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ High-A partner, had an excellent start from Kendall Williams. The righty tossed five innings and allowed just three hits and four hits with a pair of punchouts.

In the seventh inning, the Loons doubled their advantage. Yunior Garcia led off the frame with a single, followed by a walk drawn by Austin Gauthier. That set up an RBI single for Diego Cartaya, and gave Great Lakes a 2-0 advantage.

The Whitecaps, High-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, continued to be stifled by Loons pitching. Jeff Belge, Michael Hobbs and Ryan Sublette each tossed a perfect inning in relief, and each hurler struck out one batter.

The ninth inning saw the Loons add to their advantage again. Eddys Leonard hit a one-out double before Cartaya was intentionally walked, putting two on with one out for Jorbit Vivas. He hit an RBI single, as did Damon Keith later in the frame, and the Loons doubled their lead once again, taking a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth.

Harris came on and got off to a rough start. The first batter he faced, Jackson Jobe, hit a triple off the wall in straight-away center field, then the next two batters walked to load the bases with nobody out. After a strikeout, Harris walked another batter to score the first West Michigan run, then recorded another strikeout….

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