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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.

Peterson's slam helps TinCaps break 4-game slide

Dustin Peterson hit a grand slam and Ronald Herrera won his home debut as the TinCaps cruised past Lansing 7-2 on Thursday at Parkview Field.

The TinCaps (29-37) snapped a four-game losing streak and denied Lansing (31-35) a three-game sweep.

Peterson’s blast landed just to the left of the 400 Club in deep center field and gave the TinCaps a 6-1 lead in the fifth inning. Ronnie Richardson had preceded Peterson’s at-bat with a bases-loaded walk.

Peterson’s sixth homer tied him with Fernando Perez and Franmil Reyes for the team lead. Perhaps more satisfying was that it came against Lansing left-hander Matt Dermody, who earned an ejection for drilling Peterson in the back of the helmet on May 23. Peterson immediately after that game called the HBP “messed up” and “bush league.”

In Dermody’s return to Parkview Field, the TinCaps scored seven runs on seven hits in his five innings.

Herrera, who started twice on the road since arriving as part of a trade between the Padres and A’s, baffled the Lugnuts. The right-hander went five innings and allowed one run on six hits.

L.B. Dantzler gave Lansing a lead with his RBI single in the first. TinCaps left fielder Luis Tejada tied it with a solo shot in the third. Tejada added an RBI double in the sixth.

TinCaps first baseman Jake Bauers singled in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to 18 games. That matches the longest streak since the team changed its name from the Wizards.

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