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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.

TinCaps lose to Hot Rods

Officially, Thursday was Tribute to Professional Wrestling Night at Parkview Field, with 1980s World Wrestling Federation icon Sgt. Slaughter on hand as the guest of honor.

For the TinCaps, though, it was more like Live Hand Grenade Night.

Gabriel Quintana went deep twice and Reynaldo Bruguera once, TinCaps starter Bryan Rodriguez scattered five hits and struck out five in six innings' work, and it all went for naught as an adventurous night in the field led to a 6-4 loss to Bowling Green in front of 7,466 fans.

The TinCaps (62-59, 19-33 second half) committed six errors that ushered home five unearned runs for Bowling Green (69-52, 31-22), ruining any and all good works.

And the misadventures began early.

In the Bowling Green first, Andrew Toles cracked a leadoff single, then took second on an errant pickoff throw by Rodriguez. Then he came all the way home when catcher Rodney Daal's attempt to throw him out while stealing third sailed high and wide into left field.

Three more fielding errors opened the door for three more Bowling Green runs in the fifth. A bizarre fumble on an attempted relay throw by center fielder Mallex Smith brought home one run; first baseman Luis Tejada's muff of a hot shot down the line scored the second; and Daal's second errant throw to third of the game chased home one more.

In the sixth, yet another error -- Quintana's mishandling of a routine grounder to third -- set the table for another Bowling Green run, this one an RBI single by Marty Gantt.

Six innings, six errors, and a 5-3 deficit from which the TinCaps would not recover.