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  • Ex-TinCap Mallex Smith voted minors' top offensive player
    Mallex Smith, who was the TinCaps' center fielder for the 2013 season and the first half of 2014, was voted by fans as the top offensive player in the minor leagues during the past season.
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TinCaps wiped out in opener

The season opener didn’t go too well for the TinCaps, falling to the Great Lakes Loons 9-0 in front of 4,447 fans Thursday at Parkview Field.

Josh VanMeter’s debut wasn’t so great either.

The former Norwell standout was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and committed an error that led to a run in his first game for the minor league team he grew up following just 15 miles away in Ossian.

In a chilly, rainy opener, the TinCaps were hurt by a sluggish offense and a couple of errors in the field.

Great Lakes scored four times in the third inning and three more in the sixth for the bulk of its runs.

VanMeter and Franchy Cordero each committed key errors at second base and shortstop.

Great Lakes starter Jonathan Martinez gave up no runs and two hits and struck out 11 batters in six innings with no walks.

The TinCaps struck out 16 times.

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