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  • TinCaps' groundskeeper honored
    TinCaps head groundskeeper Keith Winter was named the Single-A Sports Turf Manager of the Year, an honor he also landed in 2013.
  • TinCaps named Ballpark Digest's team of the year
    Citing sustained success and an "amazing" commitment to community service, the online trade magazine Ballpark Digest recognized the TinCaps as its 2014 team of the year.
  • 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.

TinCaps lose at West Michigan

The TinCaps lost for the first time in three days on Saturday, falling 5-4 to the West Michigan Whitecaps, 5-4, at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, Michigan.

Fort Wayne led, 4-2, entering the bottom of the sixth before West Michigan rallied for the win. The TinCaps committed three errors in the loss, leading to a pair of unearned Whitecaps runs.

Fort Wayne (9-12) took a 4-2 lead with a three-run sixth inning highlighted by a two-run homer by Franmil Reyes. The TinCaps had finally broken through against West Michigan (11-11) starter Austin Kubitza (3-0), who had limited Fort Wayne to just an infield single in the first five innings. The 18-year-old Reyes' home run was his team-leading third. But the Whitecaps scratched a run across against TinCaps starter Walter Weickel in the bottom of the sixth to make it 4-3. For the second outing in a row, Weickel went six innings. He gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits, while walking three and striking out one. Kyle Lloyd (0-1) replaced Weickel in the seventh. Lloyd struck out the first batter he faced before walking Raph Rhymes and giving up a single to Dominic Ficociello. With Rhymes at third, Lloyd balked to tie the game at 4-4. He retired Ben Verlander and was set to escape the inning with the scored knotted. However, TinCaps third baseman Dustin Peterson committed a throwing error on a ground ball hit to him by Wynton Bernard. Ficociello scored what proved to be the winning run on the play.

Fort Wayne and West Michigan conclude their three-game set at 1 p.m. Sunday. Adrian De Horta is slated to start for the TinCaps, countered by Kevin Ziomek.