Kinston’s bats made the trip back home, as the K-Tribe lit up the scoreboard for a second straight night, beating Winston-Salem 9-8 Thursday night at Historic Grainger Stadium. It was the fifth straight win for the K-Tribe, their longest win streak of the season. Kinston has now won nine of their last ten games.
Winston-Salem starting pitcher Joe Serafin had a night to forget. With one out in the first inning, Casey Frawley walked. Bo Greenwell followed with a run scoring double. After Jeremie Tice walked, Abner Abreu hit a three-run homer. The shot was Abreu's third home run of the season and gave Kinston a 4-1 lead. The inning would continue with an Adam Abraham walk, followed by a run scoring triple from Chase Burnette. Roberto Perez then walked. Justin Toole hit an RBI single to drive in Burnette, giving Kinston a 6-1 advantage. After a strike out of Tyler Holt, Frawley hit a two-run single, chasing Winston-Salem's starter. Serafin (0-4) gave up all eight runs on six hits. Kinston set a season high, with the eight runs and six hits in the single inning. Kinston would also set a season high, walking 12 times in the game.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Abraham started the frame with a solo home run. It was his fifth homer of the season, giving Kinston a 9-2 lead. It would prove to be the winning run. Kinston’s bullpen had problems shutting down Winston-Salem, as the Dash scored a run in the seventh and three runs in the eighth inning to cut the Kinston advantage to three. Fransisco Jimenez gave up two runs in 1 1/3 innings, Adam Miller gave up three runs on two hits in an inning. Miller had gone nine previous innings without giving up a run. Preston Guilmet did not give up a run in 2/3 innings of work. In the top of the ninth inning, Kinston closer Preston Guilmet gave up back-to-back home runs to Andy Wilkins and Nick Ciolli. The homers were the first runs Guilmet had given up this season. Guilmet recovered to strike out the final two batters of the ball game for his Carolina League leading 10th save of the season. Kinston starter Brett Brach (4-3) was solid in the win, giving up just one run on three hits. Brach struck out three on the night.
The K-Tribe continues the homestand with a Friday night contest featuring a seat cushion giveaway. Game time 6:30 pm, T.J. House on the mound for Kinston. The homestand continues through Thursday, go to www.kinstonindians.com for more information.