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  • 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.

Bowling Green sweeps TinCaps

After a six-error game Thursday, the TinCaps were noticeably sharper in the field, and on the mound, in their Friday matchup against Bowling Green.

But at the plate, Fort Wayne was notably worse.

The Hot Rods gave up just four hits in a 4-0 shutout win against the TinCaps at Parkview Field.

The cold night at the plate for Fort Wayne came a day after launching three home runs in one game.

The loss kept with the TinCaps' inconsistency during the second half, in which Fort Wayne (62-60) is 19-34.

The TinCaps got a chance early in the game thanks to back-to-back singles from shortstop Reynaldo Bruguera and right fielder Hunter Renfroe. The two were on second and third with two outs, but designated hitter Diego Goris grounded out to shortstop Leonardo Reginatto.

Bowling Green (70-52, 32-22) shut the TinCaps down after that frame.

Hot Rods starter Jordan Harrison gave up three hits in his first two innings, but retired 14 of the last 15 batters he faced. The lefty went 6 1/3 innings for Bowling Green with three hits, one walk and five strikeouts to his credit.

TinCaps starter Joe Ross kept the game scoreless through six with a three-hit outing of his own. The Hot Rods threatened with the bases loaded in the third and runners on second and third with one out in the fifth, but Ross worked through the jams for a six-inning, two-walk and three-strikeout start.

Reliever Trevor Gott wasn't as lucky.

Gott, a sixth-round pick out of University of Kentucky, came on in relief in the seventh inning.

He fell victim to a poorly played ball by center fielder Mallex Smith that allowed Reginatto to score from first on a double by left fielder Marty Gantt.

The Hot Rods padded the lead in the top of the ninth with a solo shot from catcher Justin O'Conner and another RBI double from Gantt. The catcher scored later in the inning on a sacrifice fly from center fielder Andrew Toles.

The Hot Rods became the third team to sweep Fort Wayne at home this year. After going 25-11 at Parkview Field in the first half – good for best in the Midwest League – the TinCaps are a MWL-worst 12-18 on their home field.

Note: TinCaps outfielder Brian Adams was moved to the disabled list before Friday's game, and second baseman Maxx Tissenbaum was reinstated from the disabled list for Friday's game.