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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.

Lloyd pitches TinCaps to slump-busting win

Henry Charles hit a long home run and made a key defensive play, and Kyle Lloyd pitched a gem as the TinCaps put an end to their 13-game losing streak with a 6-1 win over South Bend on Saturday at Parkview Field.

Lloyd (3-3) went six innings and gave up five hits with 13 strikeouts, two shy of the franchise’s single-game record. The only run he allowed was a solo homer by Daniel Palka in the first inning.

The TinCaps (36-55, 6-16 second half) won for the first time since June 27.

Charles, playing for the first time since July 2, showed no problems with his left wrist, crushing a mammoth two-run shot off the top of the 400 Club in center field in the fourth. That gave the TinCaps a 5-1 lead.

They got RBI singles from Franmil Reyes and Jake Bauers as part of a three-run first, and Ronnie Richardson added an insurance run in the sixth with an RBI single.

South Bend (55-36, 15-7) saw shortstop Andrew Velazquez get on base for the 71st straight game. That ties a minor league record shared by Kevin Millar and Kevin Youkilis.

Charles made a leaping catch against the wall in left to end the seventh. Daniel Palka was robbed of extra bases, and two runs would have scored on the play.