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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.
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Keys to the game

Fort Wayne couldn't hold on to the ball, or the lead, making 4 errors in a 4-3 loss to Lake County.

Here are the highlights.

Key at-bat: Luigi Rodriguez hit a two-out triple to right field, scoring pinch runner Todd Hankins with the go-ahead run in the ninth inning.

Key out(s): The TinCaps had the tying run on first base with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Austin Hedges popped out to second and Alberth Martinez flew out to left field to end the game.

The numbers game: In addition to the four errors for Fort Wayne, catcher Austin Hedges was charged with two passed balls.

A big opening: The announced attendance of 8,577 set a record for the most fans ever for a game at Parkview Field.

Strong start: Fort Wayne pitcher Frank Garces gave up one unearned run on two hits in six innings. He struck out nine and walked two.

Quotable

"You have to love playing in front of a crowd like this. Cold, freezing weather and those guys cheered for the home team. It was something. You have to respect those fans. They showed a lot of support and hopefully we can continue to do it. We're going to have some good days in there and they're going to enjoy it."

- TinCaps manager Jose Valentin

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