Kinston erased a late three-run Winston-Salem lead to beat the Dash 5-4 in an 11 am game, Wednesday at Historic Grainger Stadium. With the win, the Indians (15-10, 53-41) take three of four games to win the series.
Winston-Salem led 4-2 going into the bottom of the seventh inning. Adam Abraham started the comeback with a single. After advancing to third base thanks to a passed ball and a wild pitch, Chase Burnette drove him home with a ground-out. With two outs in the inning, Tyler Cannon singled. Doug Pickens followed with a walk. Delvi Cid would keep the inning going when his slow chopper to the shortstop was mishandled. The play was ruled an error and loaded the bases for Tyler Holt. Holt tied the game, dropping down a perfect bunt up the third base line. The squeeze got Cannon home and tied the game at four.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Anthony Gallas was hit by a pitch. With Justin Toole inserted as a pinch runner, J.R. Ballinger delivered a wild pitch allowing Toole to get to second base. Abraham then delivered a line drive double to center field to send home the winning run. Ballinger (4-2) was stuck with the loss. Kinston’s Preston Guilmet (1-1) picked up his first win of the season, giving up just one hit while striking out four in two innings of work. Toru Murata was also solid with an inning of hitless relief in his first action in over two months.
Tyler Saladino's bat was awake early as he hit a lead-off home run to give Winston-Salem a 1-0 first inning lead. Kinston starting pitcher Brett Brach would run into trouble again in the second inning when Juan Silverio doubled and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Kevin Dubler. Dubler would hurt Brach and the K-Tribe again when the Dash catcher would hit a solo home run in the fifth inning. Brach went five innings, giving up three runs on four hits. He walked two and struck out two.
Kinston's offense would get going in the fourth inning when Holt started the bottom of the frame with a single. After a Casey Frawley grounder was booted by the Dash third baseman, Holt advanced to third base. Holt would score on a double play later in the inning. Kinston cut the Winston-Salem to one when Abner Abreu doubled to start the fifth and Tyler Cannon drove him home with a single. Winston-Salem would expand the lead again in the sixth inning thanks to a sacrifice fly RBI from John Spatola off of Kinston’s Kyle Landis.
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, game time 6:30 pm. Gates open at 5:30 pm.