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    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.

Poor fielding mars TinCaps' 7-4 loss at Dayton

Shoddy defense hurt Walker Weickel in the early innings and the TinCaps committed five errors in a 7-4 loss to Dayton at Fifth Third Field on Thursday.

Weickel, who lasted 4 1/3 innings, was charged with four runs but only one was earned.

The TinCaps (13-20) have shuffeled personnel but remain unable to cut their mistakes in the field.

Fernando Perez, who had been relatively sure-handed, made his seventh start at third base and committed three errors to match his total from 28 other appearances.

His misplay of a two-out grounder gave the Dragons a 2-0 lead in the second.

Still, Dayton (20-13) had to eke out a close game, going ahead in the eighth on Jeff Gelalich’s RBI double.

The Dragons added two insurance runs off Wilson Santos (0-1) and retired the side in order in the ninth.

Chase Jensen had a two-run double and Mallex Smith an RBI single as Fort Wayne tied it at 3 in the fifth.

Dane Phillips, hitting .322, had an RBI single in the sixth for the TinCaps.

Weickel gave up a run in each of the first three innings, each set up by an error from his infield.

The three-game set resumes today with right-hander Adrian De Horta (0-1) scheduled to start for Fort Wayne.