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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.

For more on this game, return to "Full Count" later tonight, read Friday's Journal Gazette or return to www.journalgazette.net after 3 a.m.

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