Randy Smith, vice president of player development for the San Diego Padres, sat in the office of TinCaps manager Michael Collins before Fort Wayne’s playoff opener and ruminated on the clubs’ 16-year partnership.
The TinCaps went 63-76 in 2014 but won a round in the postseason before bowing out Sunday in the Eastern Divison championship series.
The long faces said it all. The TinCaps’ chase for a second Midwest League championship came to a halt Sunday night as Lake County sent them home for the winter with a 5-4 loss in Game 2 to wrap up the Eastern Division Championship Series.

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  •  Captains command Game 1
    If there’s something that won’t scare the TinCaps, it’s the potential of being eliminated.
  •  TinCaps offense sputters in Game 1 loss
    Jeffery Enloe continued his struggles against the Lake County Captains, though he didn’t get much help from the defense.
  • TinCaps get quick jump, win
    If anyone was hesitant to call Kyle Lloyd an ace, the big right-hander removed any doubt Friday night.