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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.
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Keys to the game

James Darnell homered during a two-run eighth inning to lift Tucson to a 5-3 victory against Las Vegas in front of 5,011 fans Friday at Parkview Field.

Here are the highlights.

Key at-bat: Darnell began the bottom of the eighth with a line drive home run to left field off of reliever Daniel Farquhar to give Tucson a 4-3 lead. It was Darnell's fourth homer in six games with Tucson.

Key out: Wade LeBlanc struck out Jayson Nix with the go-ahead run on second to end the eighth inning. LeBlanc gave up three runs on four hits in eight innings for the victory.

Fort Wayne connections: Here's how former Fort Wayne players did in the game. Darnell 1 for 4, HR, RBI; Matt Clark 0 for 4; Kyle Blanks 1 for 4, single, RBI; Cedric Hunter 1 for 2, BB, one run scored; LeBlanc (W) 8 IP, 3 runs, 4 hits, 6 K; Brad Brach (S) 1 IP, BB, 3 K.

Quotable

"He threw well against a club that has some good right-handed hitters. … Without him, we're not even close to being what we are."

- Tucson manager Terry Kennedy on LeBlanc, who improved to 9-1

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