The Kinston Indians proved pitching wins ballgames Wednesday night at Grainger Stadium, hanging on for a 2-1, series clinching win over the Potomac Nationals.
All the offense came early for the K-Tribe. In the first Delvi Cid singled and stole second. Jeremie Tice singled in Cid with two outs. After Jesus Aguilar walked, Tyler Cannon brought Tice in with a single of his own.
From there it was Francisco Jimenez’ ballgame. Jimenez allowed just two hits through the first four innings in making just his fourth start of the season. Jose Lozada led off the fifth with a double to left field. After retiring the next two batters he faced, Jimenez gave up a run scoring single to Francisco Soriano. Jeff Kobernus was the last man Jimenez faced, singling as the next batter. Nick Sarianides retired the only man he saw in the fifth to preserve Kinston’s advantage. Sarianides worked three scoreless frames to pick up the win and Preston Guilmet retired all four men he faced for the all stars 32nd save of the year.
Kinston will head to Myrtle Beach for the first half of an extended road trip starting Thursday night. Marty Popham is set to take the rubber in Thursday’s 7:05 pm contest.