Lynchburg Outslugs Kinston 8-7

Kinston Indians logo seen over historic Gringer Stadium.

The K-Tribe erased three run deficits two separate times, but it wasn’t enough as Kinston fell to Lynchburg 8-7 Thursday night in Virginia. Lynchburg scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to turn the tables on the K-Tribe and beat Kinston for the fourth time in five tries.

Kinston trailed 3-0 in the top of the first inning when Alex Castillo hit his second home run of the year, a solo shot making the score 3-1. Kinston would tie the score in the top of the fourth inning with an RBI hit from Cirilo Cumberbatch. After the Hillcats scratched out three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-3 lead, Kinston exploded to rip the lead back with four runs in the sixth. Nick Weglarz led off the inning with a solo home run. Adam Davis tied the score with a two-out, two RBI double. Jerad Head gave Kinston a 7-6 lead with an RBI double one batter later. Kinston would carry the lead into the bottom of the eighth inning, when Jerad Keel mashed a single off of K-Tribe pitcher Jim Deters. Keel advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a Tony Mansolino double. Mansolino would score the winning run on a Brian Friday single one batter later.

Deters (1-1) took the loss for Kinston. K-Triber Erik Stiller pitched two perfect innings from the bullpen for the Indians. Starter Paolo Espino was roughed up in five innings of work, giving up six runs and eight hits. Weglarz went 3-for-5 for the K-Tribe; Davis, Rivero and Mills each had two hits for Kinston.

The K-Tribe stays in Lynchburg for game two of the three game series Friday night at 7:05. Steven Wright will be on the hill for the K-Tribe.