K-Tribe Splits Double Dip

Kinston Indians logo seen over historic Gringer Stadium.

The K-Tribe blanked Myrtle Beach 1-0 in game two of a double dip, splitting two games with the Pelicans Tuesday night in Kinston. The win was the third shutout in the last five games for the K-Tribe, as the Indians lead the Carolina League with eleven shutouts this season.

Kinston fell in game one 12-2. The game was a continuation of Monday night's contest which was suspended in the top of the third inning.
Game two was a pitchers duel as Kinston’s Joey Mahalic and the Pelicans Paul Clemens where both sharp.

Clemens baffled K-Tribe hitters, striking out nine while not walking a batter in five innings. Clemens allowed just one hit, a one-out double to Karexon Sanchez in the first inning. Clemens retired the final 14 batters he faced. Mahalic was just as good, striking out a season high eight through six innings. Mahalic (4-6) got the win, giving up just two singles while walking one batter.

Locked in a scoreless tie, Nate Recknagle led off the top of the sixth inning with a double. The hit came off of Pelicans reliever Chad Rodgers. Alex Castillo followed with a sacrifice bunt to get Recknagle to third base. Donnie Webb then struck out for the second out of the inning. Karexon Sanchez followed and rolled a grounder to shortstop Mycal Jones. Jones threw the routine grounder high to first base, allowing Sanchez to reach and Recknagle to score. Rodgers (1-6) took the loss, allowing the unearned run.

Cory Burns pitched a perfect bottom of the seventh to clinch the win for Kinston. Burns gathered his Carolina League leading 20th save of the season, striking out two. Burns now has 32 saves between low and advanced A this season.

The Pelicans jumped ahead early against K-Tribe starter T.J. McFarland. Mycal Jones singled to start the game and Dan Nelson walked. Mike Jones then knocked an RBI single to left, and another run scored on the same play when Kinston left fielder Donnie Webb made an error trying to play the ball to make it 2-0.

Kinston answered in the bottom of the inning as Karexon Sanchez hit an infield single followed by an Abner Abreu base hit to right. The runners moved up on an error by the right fielder Luis Sumoza. Chun Chen hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Sanchez and pull the Indians to within 2-1.

In the top of the second, Myrtle Beach put two on with two out. Mycal Jones sent a high chopper to third, and Kyle Bellows threw home but Sumoza was ruled safe at home on a very close play to give the Pelicans a 3-1 edge. Rain showers entered the area in the top of the third inning. The Pelicans had two on with one out and Gerry Rodriguez at the plate when the game was stopped.

The game resumed on Tuesday night with Brian Grening on the mound for Kinston. There were two on and two out when he walked Luis Sumoza to load the bases. Samuel Sime then clubbed a grand slam to left field to make it 7-1.

The K-Tribe came back with a run in the bottom of the third when Karexon Sanchez walked and Abner Abreu doubled him home to cut the lead to 7-2. The Pelicans added a run on a sixth inning RBI single by Cory Harrilchak to make it 8-2.

Myrtle Beach piled it on in the ninth inning against Kinston reliever David Roberts. Jordan Kreke hit an RBI single and Gerry Rodriguez belted a three-run homer to extend the lead to 12-2.

Brett Oberholtzer (3-4) threw five innings for the win for Myrtle Beach. He gave up a run on three hits, walked one and struck out five. McFarland (10-3) took the loss for Kinston, conceding five runs, four earned, on six hits in 2 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out three.

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