Potomac beat Kinston 9-4 Sunday afternoon in Woodbridge, Virginia, sweeping the K-Tribe in the three game weekend set. The sweep is the first suffered by Kinston in the first half of a Carolina season in more than five years. The K-Tribe has not even lost three games in a row in the month of April since before the 2004 season.
Potomac pitcher Jordan Zimmerman baffled the K-Tribe early on, not allowing a base runner until the fourth inning. Up 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Potomac broke through with six runs on K-Tribe starter Hector Rondon. Potomac batted around in the bottom of the sixth, with five hits highlighted by a grand slam home run off the bat of Brian Peacock. Kinston bats busted their first hit of the game off Zimmerman in the top of the sixth, a double by John Drennen. Drennen’s double busted up Zimmerman’s no hitter and drove in Adam Davis who reached base on a walk. Kinston added another run when Drennen scored on an error later in the inning. Down 9-2 in the top of the ninth inning, Kinston added two more runs on RBI’s from Brian Juhl and Adam Davis.
Kinston’s Hector Rondon (0-2) went three and two-third innings, giving up seven hits and seven earned runs. Jim Deters pitched three and one-third innings of relief for Kinston, giving up three hits and two earned runs. Matt Meyer pitched a perfect eighth for Kinston. Jordan Zimmerman (1-0) got the win for Potomac, giving up just one hit through five and two-third innings. He struck out six and walked two. Craig Stammen picked up the save.
Kinston’s record stands at 1-5 and this current stretch is just the second time in the last five seasons that they have an overall record under five-hundred. Kinston owned a 1-2 record for one day last season. The K-Tribe stays on the road with a 6:35 game Monday night in Wilmington, DE. Carlton Smith will take the mound for Kinston. The K-Tribe will return home on Thursday for an 11 game homestand. Go to www.kinstonindians.com for tickets and more information.