The K-Tribe used a three run fifth inning to beat Salem 5-1 Wednesday. Kinston (10-15) picked up win number ten this season and split the two game series. A game scheduled on June 13th in Kinston will be the make-up contest for Tuesday night’s rain out.
Picking the game up in the bottom of the first inning after rain suspended things on Tuesday night, reliever Tyler Sturdevant had to deal with two-on and one-out. Sturdevant got out of the mini-jam in the first, then pitched a scoreless second. Sturdevant went 1 2/3 innings, giving up one hit. Sturdevant struck out three.
In the top of the second inning, Abner Abreu led off with a single for Kinston. Abreu then stole second base, for his seventh steal in seven attempts this season. Later in the frame, Abreu scored on a two-out, RBI double from catcher Roberto Perez.
Up 1-0, the K-Tribe then brought in starter T.J. House to start with a clean slate in the bottom of the third inning. An error by Kinston shortstop Casey Frawley allowed Salem’s Zach Gentile to reach safely. After a ground-out advanced him to third base, Salem tied the score at one thanks to a sacrifice fly by Peter Hissey.
Kinston broke the tie thanks to a Salem error in the top of the fifth. With Dan DeGeorge at second base and two-outs in the inning, Salem third baseman Kolbrin Vitek threw low at first allowing DeGeorge to score. The inning would go south for Salem from there. After a walk to Bo Greenwell, Chase Burnette reached on an error by Salem’s second baseman Zach Gentile. Abreu would make the Sox pay as he hammered a double off of the left field wall to score Frawley and Greenwell. Kinston would take a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning. Though it wasn’t needed, Kinston added insurance in the ninth. Roberto Perez walked to start the frame and a perfectly placed RBI triple to right from Dan DeGeorge brought Perez home, who beat the throw to the plate.
Adam Miller worked the ninth inning for Kinston, making his second appearance of the year since coming out of extended spring training. Miller struck out one, walked one and gave up a hit while not allowing a run. House (1-3) got the win for Kinston, giving up just one hit in six innings. He walked four and struck out four.
Brett Brach will get the start for Kinston on Thursday night, as the K-Tribe opens a four game homestand at Historic Grainger Stadium. It will be a Cinco de Mayo celebration as the first 400 fans, age 21 and up will get free Corona Flip-flops. $1 beers and sodas will also be available throughout the game.