The K-Tribe scored two runs in the fourth inning and used strong pitching on their way to a 2-1 win over Potomac on the first night of a four night homestand Monday in Kinston.
Kinston starter Joe Gardner racked up his tenth win of the season, tying teammate T.J. McFarland for the most wins in the Carolina League this season.
Potomac got to Kinston starter Joe Gardner early. Gardner walked two and hit one batter in the opening frame, as Potomac took advantage with an RBI single from Sean Rooney. Gardner would get in and out of trouble, allowing just one more hit over the next five innings, while walking two and hitting two more batters. Gardner pitched five innings, giving up a run on two hits. He walked four and struck out five.
The K-Tribe bats would pick Gardner up in the top of the fourth inning. Karexon Sanchez led off with a walk. Jeremie Tice then got Kinston on the scoreboard with an RBI triple. Chun Chen would then give Kinston a 2-1 lead with an RBI single, scoring Tice. Potomac starter Adrian Alaniz allowed two runs on four hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out seven.
The K-Tribe bullpen did the rest as Travis Turek, Matt Langwell and Cory Burns combined to throw four innings of one hit ball. Burns struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning for his Carolina League leading 23rd save of the season. Langwell bagged his CL leading 13th hold.
The K-Tribe plays a double header starting at 6pm Tuesday night at Historic Grainger Stadium. Tuesday is $2 Tuesday, with tickets, drinks and food just two dollars....that's just 14 cents an inning! Austin Adams will start game one, Marty Popham gets the ball for game two.