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  • Ex-TinCap Mallex Smith voted minors' top offensive player
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Pair of home runs highlight early action

Fort Wayne shortstop Tyler Stubblefield and South Bend designated hitter Rudy Flores traded home runs in the second inning, and the TinCaps lead the Silver Hawks 2-1 at the end of the third.

Stubblefield was with the Southern Illinois Miners of the Frontier League, an independent league, before coming to Fort Wayne. The 25-year-old, who was with the TinCaps in 2011 and 2012, was released by the San Diego Padres at the end of spring training this season.

He came back to start the second half and made his mark today.

Stubblefield launched an 0-1 pitch over the left-field wall to even the game at 1 after Flores' homer in the top of the second.

In the bottom of the third, a leadoff double by right fielder Brian Adams, followed by a wild pitch by South Bend's Brad Allen, set the TinCaps up to take the lead. Center fielder Alberth Martinez got a line drive single to center field to bring Adams in and give Fort Wayne the advantage.

TinCaps starter Zach Eflin has three strikeouts through three innings and gave up three hits, including that home run. Allen surrendered four hits and two earned runs while striking out two.