The West Michigan Whitecaps are playoff bound!

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Prior to 2014, the West Michigan Whitecaps (39-26) hadn't seen a postseason trip since 2007. Enter manager Andrew Graham and the Detroit Tigers Class A affiliate has appeared to experience a change in the tides.

After missing all of May, following assignment to the disabled list, West Michigan right hander Fernando Perez (2-2, 5.02 ERA) got another chance, facing the Lansing Lugnuts (34-34) at Cooley Law School Stadium on Friday evening.

Perez dazzled, tossing six scoreless frames against the Lugnuts, allowing just two hits and fanning five; his first five-strike out performance since June 5.

Following up on their 19-hit shelling of Lansing on Thursday, the Whitecaps offense was a bit more reserved, posting nine hits overall against the Lugnuts. Cam Gibson scored a pair of runs, knocking his fifth triple of the year, while Will Maddox drove in his 24th RBI this season. With one hit on the night, Derek Hill extended his hit streak to nine games.

A five-run third inning gave West Michigan the foothold they needed behind the solid work of Perez to blank Lansing and earn their third consecutive playoff slot since Andrew Graham first filled the managerial shoes for the Whitecaps in 2014.

Fernando Perez grabs his second win of the year, giving the Whitecaps their second consecutive win against the Lugnuts.


Final: West Michigan Whitecaps 7, Lansing Lugnuts 0

Coming up next: West Michigan righty Sandy Baez (2-6, 3.25 ERA) will face Toronto Blue Jays 2015 first round pick in right hander Jon Harris (5-1, 2.30 ERA) at Cooley Law School for game three of their four-game Lansing series.

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