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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.

TinCaps rout Kane County

The TinCaps had highest offensive output of their Midwest League season Friday with a 12-1 victory over Kane County at the Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva, Ill.

The 12 runs were the most scored this season, surpassing the previous-high of eight against South Bend on April 10. The 16 hits were also the most this season, one better than the 15 the TinCaps had against South Bend.

After staking Kane County (8-7) to a 1-0 lead at the end of the first inning, the TinCaps (5-10) scored two runs in the second, one in the third, two more in the fourth, then put the game away with a five-run seventh inning and two runs in the eighth.

First baseman Travis Whitmore went 4 for 5 with three runs scored and three RBI for the TinCaps, who play at Kane County tonight.

Whitmore’s line drive single to left drove in two runs in the fourth inning, and he added another RBI with a single in the seventh.

Whitmore, hitting .377, was one of three runners aboard in the seventh when right fielder Kyle Gaedele hit a bases-clearing triple.

The TinCaps finished off the scoring in the eighth when Duanel Jones’ single drove in two runs.

Gaedele had two other hits, including a double, and Justin Miller also went 3 for 5, including a triple.

Matthew Colantonio added two RBI.

Starting pitcher Cody Hebner (2-0) worked five innings, gave up five hits and struck out four.

The TinCaps bullpen of Matthew Wisler, Luis De La Cruz and Matthew Stites threw the final four scoreless innings, giving up just one hit while striking out four.