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Postby Dannomyte » Fri Sep 15, 2006 5:28 pm

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. -- Teenagers playing their first full season of pro ball are supposed to hit a wall at the end, especially when they carry the expectations of a first-round draft pick on their shoulders.

Clearly, Cameron Maybin didn't get that memo.

A day after tripling in two runs to help West Michigan tie the Midwest League Championship Series with Kane County, the 19-year-old center fielder tripled again in Game 3 to spark a three-run third inning that led to a 6-3 Whitecaps' victory.

Maybin, Detroit's top pick in the 2005 draft (10th overall), has hit .333 in his first Minor League postseason.

"They say you get a second wind midseason, but I say you get a third wind in the postseason," said the Midwest League Prospect of the Year. "I feel good. Everybody seems to feel good. We definitely hit another notch.

"It's been a blast. Not too many guys in professional ball get a chance to play in the postseason. Being in the championship series is a blast."

It was a blast for Maybin's teammate Michael Hernandez, for sure. The 22-year-old designated hitter went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs for the Whitecaps, who took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-5 Championship Series. West Michigan hosts Kane County in Game 4 here on Friday night.

The Whitecaps scored the first run of the game in the second without the benefit of a hit. In the third, Maybin stroked a one-out triple and Matt Joyce walked before Will Rhymes' single plated Maybin and moved Joyce to third. After Pedro Cotto walked, Hernandez smacked a two-run single that gave West Michigan a four-run cushion and knocked out Cougars starter Trey Shields.

"It was huge," Hernandez said of building the early lead. "This team grinds and they'll put up runs, too.

"I feel great. I had some RBI opportunities, got some good pitches to hit and hit them well."

Kane County battled back in the fourth against starter Sendy Vasquez. Frank Martinez led off with a double down the right-field line, moved to third on Midwest League MVP Jeff Baisley's flyout to right and scored on a wild pitch. Anthony Recker singled and moved to second when Raul Padron walked. After Jose Pineda's base hit loaded the bases, Vasquez walked Justin Sellers to force in the Cougars' second run.

Vasquez wasn't the only one who experienced control problems. West Michigan had runners on in each of the first six, thanks largely to the wildness of Shields and the Cougars' staff. He walked four and hit two batters in 2 1/3 innings. Joel Posey walked two more and Ronald Madej hit a pair of batters.

Recker led off the sixth with a home run off the video board in left field to cut the deficit to 4-3.

Vasquez managed to finish the sixth before handing off to Matthew Rusch. The reliever retired all nine batters he faced to notch the save.

"It's definitely important to come out like that and throw strikes and show the other team you've got command," Rusch said. "If you've got command, it puts them on their heels. We did a better job tonight of throwing strikes and staying composed, and it paid off in the end."

The Whitecaps got some breathing room in the eighth. After back-to-back doubles by Cotto and Hernandez made it 5-3, Mark Haske singled in Hernandez to cap the scoring.

"The cushion the guys gave me, that was huge," Rusch said. "I was able to sit back and relax. It felt good to get back out there. I'm happy with the way the game turned out there."

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Postby moochman » Fri Sep 15, 2006 11:52 pm

Nice to see the stud seems to step up when the lights are shining the brightest! The Show by '08?
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Postby Dannomyte » Sat Sep 16, 2006 12:40 pm

moochman wrote:The Show by '08?


It's very possible. I think if he has another great season like the one he had this year he will be a September call-up next year with a great chance at making the team out of ST in '08. Maybe wishful thinking on my part but one thing is for sure, Maybin appears to be the real deal.
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Postby Dannomyte » Sat Sep 16, 2006 1:18 pm

Caps win MWL title

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COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. -- In 2004, the West Michigan Whitecaps had a 2-1 lead over the Kane County Cougars in the Midwest League Championship Series. The Cougars came back with a 16-inning marathon win in Game 4 before the Whitecaps finally took Game 5 to win the title.

On Friday night, West Michigan avoided similar drama by scoring eight runs over the first four innings en route to an 8-4 victory and its fourth Midwest League title in front of 4,014 boisterous fans at Fifth Third Ballpark.

"I'm speechless right now," said Cameron Maybin, who went 2-for-5 with two runs scored to bring his postseason average to .343. "Everyone wants to win a championship. My first year in pro ball and we got the job done. It's a great feeling.

"I'm going to enjoy this. I've got to go to (the instructional league) and then get ready for Spring Training. But I'm going to enjoy this for as long as I can."

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Postby moochman » Sun Sep 17, 2006 10:50 am

Outstanding. More that Maybin did so well than that the Caps won the titile. Congrats to the Caps, hopefully this will follow these players throughout their lives.
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Postby mcqfesijiba » Sun Sep 17, 2006 11:06 am

Hopefully one more team in this organization can still have some playoff success this year ;-)
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Postby moochman » Mon Sep 18, 2006 1:54 pm

mcqfesijiba wrote:Hopefully one more team in this organization can still have some playoff success this year ;-)


No doubt you are refering to the Tigers' H2HWS affiliate the Union Lake Trout ;-D Appreciate the support, you could help more by sitting Delgado for a couple weeks :-b

I hope the Tigers can start to play better as they head toward the playoffs. Would love to see them be competitive.
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