A fantastic Carolina League debut set the tone for a 6-0 Lynchburg win over Kinston, Friday night in Virginia.
Lynchburg starter Josh Ravin was impressive in his Carolina League debut, baffling the K-Tribe through six innings. After giving up a game starting walk to Bo Greenwell and a one-out hit to Jeremie Tice later in the inning, Ravin retired the final 16 batters he faced. Ravin (1-0) walked one and struck out six.
Fresh off a spot start with Double A Akron, Kinston starter T.J. McFarland was rudely welcomed back to the Carolina League by Lynchburg. Two singles chopped through the left side by Andrew Means and Neftali Soto, led to the first run of the ballgame from Lynchburg. The Hillcats then blew the game open thanks to a sloppy third inning. Three hits, an error, a hit batter and a wild pitch lead to four unearned runs. Eight batters reached the plate in the third frame as Lynchburg took a 5-0 lead. McFarland (10-4) took the loss, giving up five runs (four unearned) on seven hits in six innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out six.
Lynchburg would add to their lead when Soto hit his 18th home run of the season in the bottom of the seventh inning. The hit came at the expense of Kinston’s David Roberts. Roberts gave up two hits in two innings of work. Kinston got on the board in the top of the ninth inning when Abner Abreu delivered an RBI single. After three straight games of double digit hits, Kinston managed just four hits (all singles) on the night.
The three game series continues Saturday night in Lynchburg at 7:05 pm. Joey Mahalic will get the start for Kinston.