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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.
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Perez's game-winner sends TinCaps by West Michigan

Fernando Perez delivered a two-run double that gave the TinCaps a 5-4 win over West Michigan on Saturday in the opener of a doubleheader at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park.

The TinCaps (31-40) trailed 4-3 and were an out away from defeat in a game shortened to seven innings because of the twinbill. With runners at first and third, Perez fell behind 0-2, evened the count and then lined the fifth pitch of the at-bat over the head of the left fielder.

Nick Mutz allowed a leadoff single before retiring the next three batters for his seventh save.

It was Fort Wayne's 12th comeback win. Eric Yardley (1-1) worked a perfect sixth to earn the victory.

West Michigan (42-30) got five innings of three-run ball from Jonathon Crawford before Joe Mantiply (5-2) blew his second save.

Perez was 2 for 3 with a walk. He also had an RBI single in the fifth. TinCaps slugger Dustin Peterson was 2 for 4 with a two-run double.

The TinCaps bounced back from a 15-4 loss in the opener of the four-game series with West Michigan on Thursday.

The second game of the split-admission doubleheader, set for 7 p.m., pitted TinCaps right-hander Kyle Lloyd (2-1, 3.56) against Whitecaps righty Buck Farmer (6-5, 3.00).

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