Winston-Salem out slugged the K-Tribe 11-6 Tuesday night at Historic Grainger Stadium. With the loss Kinston’s (14-10, 52-41) season best, six-game home win streak comes to an end. The two teams will play the final game of the series at 11 am on Wednesday morning.
Kinston pitcher Francisco Jimenez made his first start of the season for the Indians. Jimenez retired the first four batters he faced before Mike Blanke singled for the Dash. Nick Ciolli drove Blanke home with a run scoring double. With two outs in the inning, Juan Silverio hit a single to plate Ciolli. The hit gave the Dash a 2-0 lead. Jimenez ran into trouble again in the third inning, as Andy Wilkins delivered a two-out single. Carolina League home run leader Ian Gac then did it again, slapping a two-run shot over the left field wall. It was his 25th homer of the season. Jimenez (3-2) picked up the loss, giving up four runs on six hits. He struck out six and did not walk a batter.
Down 5-0 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Indians started a furious comeback against Winston-Salem starting pitcher Matt Wickswat. Wickswat had a one-hit shutout going against Kinston until Tyler Holt hit a single in the sixth. Anthony Gallas hit a one-out double to drive home Holt. Adam Abraham followed with his own run scoring double. Abner Abreu then cut the lead to one with a two-run home run. It was Abreu's 10th home run of the season, tied for the second most on the K-Tribe this year.
The Dash got some runs back in the top of the seventh inning with another Gac attack. Wilkins led off the frame with a double at the expense of Kinston reliever Jose Flores. Gac then hit another home run, his second two-run shot of the game. The blast to left field pushed the Winston-Salem led to 7-4. The Dash would add three more hits to plate two more runs in the inning. Flores was stuck with four earned runs on five hits in two innings. Kinston reliever Trey Haley pitched an inning and change before Flores, giving up a run on two hits, while walking two batters.
Kinston would tighten the game up in the seventh inning, with two runs highlighted by an Argenis Martinez double. Martinez and Abraham would each have two hits on the night for Kinston. The game would be put out of reach as Winston-Salem scored two more runs on two K-Tribe errors and a triple in the ninth inning. Steve Wright was the victim of rough defense, giving up two unearned runs on two hits in two innings of work from the bullpen. The three errors tied a season high for Kinston.
The K-Tribe tries a quick turnaround with an 11 am start Wednesday morning from Historic Grainger Stadium. Brett Brach gets the start for Kinston. The K-Tribe has a scheduled off day on Thursday then continues the homestand with a contest against Wilmington on Friday night. Friday is Alex White Bobblehead night.