I finally got to see Vladimir Guerrero Jr. play. Unfortunately, that lasted only a half-inning.
Saturday’s game between the Lansing Lugnuts and the West Michigan Whitecaps was cancelled due to rain. The game doesn’t affect the first-half playoff picture, so it will not be made up — even though I (and many others, I’m sure) would have enjoyed a Sunday doubleheader at Cooley Law School Stadium.
The Whitecaps batted in the top of the 1st inning, but rain stopped play before the Lugnuts came to bat in the bottom half. Guerrero — the Toronto Blue Jays’ top prospect — didn’t get to do much on the field, so all my photos of him are some variation of this:
I didn’t get to see Bo Bichette at all. He wasn’t in the lineup, presumably for a day of rest before he is involved in the Midwest League All-Star Game on Tuesday and the Home Run Derby on Monday. There is speculation (by many, including myself) that the .400 hitter could get promoted to High-A after the All-Star break.
The two teams will end the first half of the season with a Sunday matinee game. The scheduled pitchers are Whitecaps RHP Spenser Watkins (3-1, 1.93 ERA in 11 games/seven starts) and Lugnuts RHP Osman Gutierrez (1-4, 9.86 ERA in six starts).
Woodrow added to ASG
Whitecaps outfielder Danny Woodrow was added to the Eastern Division team for the Midwest League All-Star Game. There are now seven Whitecaps players on the roster, with the others being infielders Josh Lester and Blaise Salter, outfielder Jake Robson, and pitchers Austin Sodders, Gregory Soto and Jason Foley.
This is my first trip back to Lansing since the team completed a multi-year renovation of its stadium. Among other things, apartments were added to the outfield area, changing the look and feel of the entire park.
I’ll be writing more about the ballpark changes in a future post, but in the meantime, here’s a photographic sneak peek:
*All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler