Myrtle Beach handed Kinston a 5-3 loss Tuesday night at Historic Grainger Stadium. The loss was Kinston’s (18-18, 55-49) eighth straight.
Vinny Difazio provided the offensive pop early, hitting a three-run home run in the top of the second inning. Difazio got the best of Kinston starting pitcher Marty Popham again in the fifth inning, this time with a solo home run. DiFazio's sixth homer of the season gave the Pelicans a 4-0 lead. Later in the fifth inning, Leury Garcia hit a triple off of the center field wall. He would score on a wild pitch by Popham, giving Myrtle Beach a 5-0 lead. Popham (4-2) took the loss, giving up six hits and five earned runs in six innings. He struck out six and walked one batter.
Pelicans starting pitcher Wilfredo Boscan handled Kinston early, throwing a perfect game through four innings. Jeremie Tice broke up the perfecto with a lead-off single in the bottom of the fifth inning. Boscan gave up just two hits in 5 1/3 innings of work. He did not give up a run while striking out six. Boscan left the game after getting hit with a line drive on the wrist. The injury proved costly for Myrtle Beach. Later in the inning, Tice struck with a three-run home run to pull Kinston within two runs. The shot was the eighth of the season for Tice. Tice had two of Kinston’s four hits as the Indians managed just one single the rest of the way.
Trey Haley, Francisco Jimenez and Chris Jones each threw scoreless innings from the Kinston pen. Boscan (4-8) got the win for Myrtle Beach, Joseph Ortiz with the save.
The K-Tribe gets right back at it with an 11 am contest on Wednesday morning. T.J. House gets the start for Kinston.