Kaline's Walk-Off Single Gives Whitecaps 3rd Straight Win

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They almost let it get away, but the Whitecaps won their third straight game.

Colin Kaline hit a game-winning single down the left field line to give the West Michigan Whitecaps a 4-3 win over the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Tuesday Night at Fifth Third Ballpark.

West Michigan took a 3-1 lead into the ninth inning, but for the second time in as many opportunities, Dan Bennett was unable to close the door. Joel Caminero had a broken-bat base hit that scored two in the top of the ninth to tie the game 3-3.

Curt Casali led off the bottom half of the ninth with a ground-rule double.  He later advanced to third and the stage was set for the 22-year old grandson of Tigers' legend Al Kaline. The Michigan native took the first pitch for a ball, and then slapped the next pitch down the left field line for the walk-off base hit.

Bowling Green started the scoring with a run in the top of the first, but West Michigan answered right back with two more in the bottom half of the frame.

The Whitecaps scored their third run in the sixth off a sacrifice fly ball to center by Brandon Loy scoring Eugenio Suarez, who had two runs and one RBI in tonight's game.

The Whitecaps will wrap up their home-opening series tomorrow with a special noon first pitch against the Hot Rods.  The pitching matchup will see Josue Carreno (0-1, 8.10 ERA) throwing for West Michigan against RHP Jake Floethe (1-0, 0.00 ERA).

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