The West Michigan Whitecaps improved to a season-best 30 games over .500 with a 6-2 come-from-behind victory over the Great Lakes Loons Sunday afternoon at Dow Diamond.
The Whitecaps are now 54-24 on the season, with a 9-2 record to begin the second half of the 2017 season. The last time West Michigan enjoyed a record 30 games over the break-even mark was in 2014.
Anthony Pereira gave the Whitecaps a 1-0 lead with an RBI-single in the third inning before the Loons quickly tied the score. Jared Walker launched his second solo home run in as many days to tie the game before a run-scoring single from Keibert Ruiz gave Great Lakes a 2-1 lead. The score remained the same until the eighth, when Cole Bauml's two-out RBI-single scored Danny Woodrow and tied the game at two. In the ninth, the 'Caps busted the game wide-open with a four-run inning. Chad Sedio and Drew Longley opened the frame with back-to-back doubles to give West Michigan a 3-2 lead before Sam Machonis delivered a run-scoring single and Pereira capped a big day with a two-run double down the third base line to bring the score to 6-2.
Eduardo Jimenez (1-1) collected his first victory of the season in relief, while Ryan Moseley (0-1) gave up the four ninth-inning runs to take his first loss of the season. Pereira finished 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and three RBI. Chad Sedio chipped in with a pair of doubles and a run scored. The loss drops the Loons to 6-5 in the second portion of the season.