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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.

Nester the hero as TinCaps outlast West Michigan

Backup catcher John Nester hit a game-winning RBI single in the eighth inning as the TinCaps outlasted West Michigan 2-1 on Wednesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Parkview Field.

The TinCaps (59-75, 29-36 second half) helped themselves tremendously in the Midwest League’s Eastern Division playoff race, as most of their main competitors lost. The TinCaps are a game back of Dayton (30-35 second half) for the wild card spot, and Bowling Green and Great Lakes each sit at 35 losses.

Franmil Reyes started the decisive rally by drawing a one-out walk and moved to second base on a passed ball. After Jake Bauers whiffed for the second out, Nester dropped a base hit over the heads of the middle infielders into shallow center. Reyes ran hard and beat the throw.

The first-place Whitecaps (80-55, 39-26) got only an RBI double by league MVP Wynton Bernard in the fifth.

Ronald Herrera went five innings and gave up one on three hits, matching Whitecaps All-Star Austin Kubitza, who gave up one run on six hits in six innings.

Bauers had an RBI single in the fourth.

The Fort Wayne bullpen gave Nester a chance. Newcomer Colby Blueberg got five outs in his team debut, Eric Yardley got four outs for the win, and Ryan Butler induced a fly to left with the tying run on third to lock down his eighth save.