Jared Goedert hit a two-out RBI single in the top of the 12th inning, scoring Jerad Head a sending Kinston to a 6-5 victory over Salem. It is the first time this season Kinston has won back to back games.
With the victory, Kinston also secures their second series win of the season.
It didn’t start out so well as Kinston trailed 5-0 after Salem scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning. The K-Tribe battled back with an RBI double by Cirilo Cumberbatch in the second inning. Kinston would cut Salem’s lead to two in the fourth inning after Nick Weglarz scored on a wild pitch and Todd Martin drove Carlos Rivero home on an RBI double. Kinston tied the score in the seventh inning on a two-RBI double by Head. Head drew a lead off walk in the top of the twelfth inning, advancing to second on a wild pitch and going to third on a ground out. Goedert drove him home with a solid single to center.
Kinston’s bullpen did an outstanding job of keeping Salem’s bats at bay. Neil Wagner, Josh Tomlin, Luis Perdomo and Jim Deters combined for nine innings of shut-out work. The quartet of relievers held Salem to six total hits over the last nine innings. Starter Carlton Smith recovered nicely from the first inning, at one time retiring 13 straight Salem batters.
The K-Tribe will go for the sweep of Salem Wednesday night at 7:07 pm in Virginia. Jeanmar Gomez takes the mound for the K-Tribe.