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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 defeat Loons

The day before, they kicked a sprinkler head and then kicked the bucket, a literal geyser in the bullpen morphing into a figurative gusher as the TinCaps were swamped by 15 Great Lakes runs.

Thursday night, it was the TinCaps' turn to open the spigot.

Mallex Smith opened the game with a bloop single to center and the TinCaps' sticks kept the drumbeat going, raking three Great Lakes pitchers for 18 hits as they salvaged a split of the four-game series with a 13-4 win.

The TinCaps (11-15) scored at least a run in each of the first five innings, building leads of 7-1 and 9-3 before tacking on four more in the eighth to finish the Loons (15-12) for good. Eight TinCaps had at least a hit and seven had two or more.

The gaudiest night on a gaudy evening belonged to catcher Ryan Miller, who went 3 for 5 and scored three runs. He also rubbed out three Loons baserunners at second base.

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