Former East Carolina Pirate Trevor Lawhorn hit a three-run home run as Potomac beat Kinston 8-0 Tuesday night in Woodbridge, Virginia. The home run, Lawhorn’s fifth of the season and second of the year against Kinston, broke a scoreless tie. Potomac got to Kinston ace Hector Rondon (8-5) who took the loss, giving up seven hits and six earned runs in five innings. Three of Rondon’s five losses this season are at the hands of Potomac. The Nationals are now 10-5 against Kinston this season, assuring at least a split of the 20 game season series. Kinston has won the season series from every team in the Carolina League the last two complete seasons (2006-2007).
Kinston’s Niuman Romero had his 21 game hit streak snapped tonight with an 0-for-3 performance. His hit streak was snapped thanks to some great Potomac defense. After Francisco Plasencia dove to grab a line drive in center for Romero’s first at bat, second baseman Michael Martinez made a big league worthy play behind the bag at second to get Romero in his second at bat. The hit streak was the longest in the Carolina League this season. Romero hit over .430 during the hit streak, his average going from .256 to .310 during the streak.
The K-Tribe gets back at it early on Wednesday with a noon start at Potomac. Kinston will send left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz to the mound, in his first start since being called up from Low A Lake County. Kinston returns to Grainger Stadium next week for a short three game series Monday, July 28th – Wednesday, July 30th.