Crosby fans opponents, grabs MWL honors

By on July 1, 2009

COMSTOCK PARK, MI—Casey Crosby was dominant as the West Michigan Whitecaps’ starting pitcher as the Whitecaps trounced the Great Lakes Loons, 8-0, on Sunday afternoon at Fifth Third Ballpark. The Loons were shut out for just the second time this year, and both occasions were in this four-game series. The ‘Caps took three of the four games.

Crosby was at his best on Sunday. The left-hander threw five innings of no-hit, shutout baseball against one of the best hitting teams in the Midwest League. Crosby walked one batter and struck out six. He improved his record to 6-2.

West Michigan pounded out 13 hits for its eight runs. Gustavo Nunez and Billy Nowlin led the attack with three hits apiece. Bryan Pounds had two doubles. Seven of the starting nine ‘Caps had at least one hit.

The Whitecaps broke the game open in the fourth with four runs against Loons’ starter Jon Michael Redding. Eight ‘Caps came to the plate, and the offense was helped by poor Loons defense.

Redding lasted four innings, giving up eight hits, two earned runs, no walks and three strikeouts. The loss makes his overall record 9-3.

The Midwest League announced Monday that Whitecaps’ pitcher Casey Crosby has been named Pitcher of the Week.

Crosby, a 2009 Midwest League All-Star, is 6-2 with a 3.39 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 63.2 innings of work with the Whitecaps this season. On Sunday, Crosby tossed five hitless innings against the Great Lakes Loons.

Crosby is the Whitecaps first Pitcher of the Week this year. Billy Nowlin and Ronnie Bourquin were named Player of the Week earlier in the season.