COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. - The Loons and the West Michigan Whitecaps played nine full innings on Thursday night at Fifth Third Ballpark, but heavy rain forced the contest into suspended status with the score tied at nine.
The game will resume on Friday at 6 p.m. EDT as part of a split doubleheader with the Loons at the plate to start the top of the 10th inning. Thirty minutes after the conclusion of the suspended game, the Loons and Whitecaps will play their regularly-scheduled, nine-inning affair on Friday.
Before the delay, the Loons rallied to tie the game in the top of the ninth inning with two outs. Trailing 9-8, Cody Thomas reached second base when he lined a ball of the glove of first baseman Dylan Burdeaux. Thomas then reached third on a passed ball on catcher Austin Athmann, and scored to tie the game when Nick Yarnall snuck a short-hop grounder passed Burdeaux.
The Loons built a 7-1 lead midway through the fourth inning against a West Michigan side with the lowest ERA in the Midwest League (2.77). A standout performance by West Michigan infielder Chad Sedio brought the Whitecaps back before a sellout crowd of 9,360.
Sedio smoked a two-run home run in the fourth inning off Loons right-handed starter Alfredo Tavarez, in his Midwest League debut, to make the score 7-4 Loons. After the Loons tacked another run on the board in the fifth inning, Sedio struck again in his next at-bat in the sixth.
West Michigan loaded the bases on a Loons error and a two singles off righty reliever Vinny Santarsiero. Sedio skied a 2-1 pitch off the roof of the party deck in right field for a grand slam to tie the game. It's the third grand slam of the season allowed by the Loons and the first since May 25 (Dayton's T.J. Friedl).
An RBI single by Anthony Pereira in the seventh inning gave West Michigan a 9-8 lead, its first of the night.
Coverage from Fifth Third Ballpark resumes at 5:55 p.m. immediately following the conclusion of the HUGE Show on ESPN 100.9-FM.
The Great Lakes Loons are the 2016 Midwest League Champions and have been a Single-A partner of the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2007. Dow Diamond, home of the Loons, also houses ESPN 100.9-FM and the Michigan Baseball Foundation. For tickets and more information about the Loons, call 989-837-BALL or visit Loons.com.
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