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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 collapse, lose 5th straight

The TinCaps squandered an 8-1 lead and dropped their fifth-straight game with a 10-9 loss to Lake County on Tuesday at Parkview Field.

Fort Wayne (55-50, 12-24 second half) started as strong as it has all year.

The TinCaps got runs from their first five batters, with Luis Domoromo's three-run home run highlighting that stretch.

They added three more in the bottom of the third to make it an 8-1 advantage, and a sellout crowd of 7,431 seemed ready to enjoy a rout.

But the lead was short-lived.

Fort Wayne starter Walker Weickel, who gave up four hits and one earned run in his first four innings, surrendered five hits and four earned runs in the top of the fifth.

Valentin pulled Weickel after 4 1/3 innings in favor of Colin Rae, who went 2 2/3 innings giving up five hits and an earned run.

The TinCaps managed to pull ahead after the Captains (41-63, 18-19) had their rally.

Right fielder Brian Adams legged out an infield bunt single and advanced on a throwing error by the pitcher. Consecutive ground balls allowed Adams to cross for a 9-8 lead.

Again, it didn't last.

A bases-loaded single by first baseman Joe Sever off Rae scored another run to make it 9-9.

And after all that offense – a combined 26 hits, 18 runs and five errors – the teams went silent.

Fort Wayne led off the seventh with a double from shortstop Tyler Stubblefield, but struck out on their next five at-bats.

Lake County didn't do much better, with one hit in those two innings.

But the Captains did enough.

With runners on first and second, second baseman Zack MacPhee drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth off TinCaps closer Chris Nunn.

Note: The TinCaps announced roster moves Tuesday, which sent third baseman Chris Burke up to Advanced-A Lake Elsinore. Fort Wayne reinstated outfielder Alberth Martinez from the disabled list, as well.