Four Kinston errors led to four unearned runs, as the K-Tribe lost to Salem 7-4 Tuesday night at Grainger Stadium. The four errors tied a season high for the K-Tribe. Kinston got off to a great start when Beau Mills hit an RBI single, driving in Adam Davis in the first inning. John Drennen scored on a ground out later in the inning to make the score 2-0.
In the third, Salem pieced together a two-out rally when Tim Torres walked to open the frame. Then, Mark Ori singled to left. On a throw in from left, Kinston missed the mark at first and Torres scored. The next hitter, Jordan Parraz, shot a single to center to tie the game and push his on-base streak to 15 games. In the next inning, Salem struck again as Greg Buchanan’s RBI ground ball scored Cesar Quintero. Then, three batters later, Tim Torres socked a double to right that brought Wladimir Sutil home and the Avalanche moved the lead to 4-2. In the eighth, the Avalanche finished their offense. With two on and two out, Torres punched a double to right center and scored both Quintero and Orlando Rosales. Next, Mark Ori served a single to center and drove Torres home. The final three runs of the game were unearned after two Kinston errors in the inning.
Kinston added two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning on RBI’s from Mills and Jared Goedert. Steven Wright (0-1), took the loss for Kinston. Chris Salamida got the win for Salem.
Kinston gets set for the rubber match of the three game series starting Wednesday morning at 11 am. The morning match-up will take place as middle school students from around the area invade Grainger Stadium. Hector Rondon will take the mound for Kinston. Game time 11am.