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  • 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 routed by South Bend

Sloppy pitching and a still-lifeless offense sent the TinCaps to their 13th straight loss on Friday.

South Bend's No. 9 batter Breland Almadova homered and drove in four runs to lead South Bend to a 9-2 rout in the opener of a four-game series at Parkview Field.

The Silver Hawks got seven innings of two-run ball from Sean Furney (5-4), while counterpart Cody Hebner (0-1) allowed three earned runs on six hits in his three innings of work.

The TinCaps (35-55, 5-16 second half) are 1-14 in their last 15 games and have been outscored 90-36 during the losing streak.

The Midwest League record for consecutive defeats is 15.

South Bend (55-35, 15-6) fell behind 2-0 in the first but came back to score five runs in the second -- the last two on a two-out throwing error by TinCaps first baseman Jake Bauers.

Bauers was 1 for 4 with an RBI double. The other Fort Wayne run scored on a double play.

Payton Baskette followed Hebner and gave up four runs in four innings, including Almadova's two-run shot in the seventh that capped the scoring.