K-Tribe starting pitcher Paolo Espino gave up ten runs in his Carolina League debut, as Potomac pounded the K-Tribe 12-5 Friday night in Woodbridge, Virginia. The Nationals unloaded for four runs in both the second and fifth inning to send Kinston to a 1-3 season record. Espino gave up ten hits in four and one third innings, walking two and striking out one.
After Potomac broke out to a 4-0 lead, Kinston got an RBI single from Jared Goedert in the top of the third. Adam Davis scored later in the inning thanks to a Potomac throwing error to make the score 4-2. After Potomac scored a run in the bottom of the third inning, Kinston’s Alex Castillo hit a two-run home run to make the score 5-4 Nationals. Castillo was a triple away from the cycle, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
Matt Meyer pitched great for Kinston out of the bullpen, not giving up a hit in two and a third innings of work. Unfortunately the 16 inning game from the night before caught up with the K-Tribe and utility infielder Niuman Romero was forced to pitch the final inning and a half of the game.
The K-Tribe returns to action tomorrow with a 6:35 start time from Potomac. Steven Wright will take the mound for Kinston.