The K-Tribe lost the opener of a four game series with Salem 7-3 Monday night at Historic Grainger Stadium.
Cleveland's first round draft pick Drew Pomeranz made his fourth start of the season for Kinston. Salem's Reynaldo Rodriguez started off the second inning with a solo home run off of Pomeranz. Pomeranz exited the game after three innings, giving up one run on three hits and striking out five. He did not walk a batter.
Kinston tied the score in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Abner Abreu doubled and was driven home on an RBI single from Casey Frawley. Salem would come back in the top of the fifth inning off of Kinston reliever Toru Murata. Salem loaded the bases with one-out in the inning and took the lead on a sacrifice fly by Shannon Wilkerson. After a single by Kolbrin Vitek loaded the bases again, Rodriguez cleared them with a three RBI double.
Murata (0-1)took the loss, giving up four earned runs in two innings of work. The K-Tribe bullpen then settled down as Tyler Sturdevant pitched two scoreless innings, giving up three hits.
Down 5-1 the K-Tribe cut into the lead after Greg Folgia hit a lead-off double and later scored on a double from Tyler Holt. Salem would add two more runs off of K-Tribe reliever Jose Flores in the top of the ninth inning. Kinston scored a run of their own in the bottom of the ninth thanks to an RBI single from Greg Folgia who went 2-for-4 on the night. Frawley also had two hits for Kinston.
The K-Tribe homestand continues tomorrow with a $2 Tuesday. Game time 6:30, Clayton Cook will be on the mound for Kinston.