Two early home runs helped power Potomac past Kinston 5-1 Friday night at Historic Grainger Stadium. Potomac’s Seth Bynum hit a two-run home run in the top of the third inning to give the Nationals a 2-0 lead. Potomac’s Marvin Lowrance would hit a solo shot in the fourth inning, making the score 3-0. Hector Rondon (0-3) started the game for Kinston and took the loss. Rondon surrendered just three hits through six innings, but two of the hits where home runs. Rondon walked one and struck out three. Kinston’s Matt Meyer, in his first action since April 13th, looked great from the bullpen pitching a perfect inning and two-thirds. Potomac’s Ross Detwiler (2-2) picked up the win, giving up just four hits through six innings. Reliever Yunior Novoa, gave up just one hit from the bullpen.
Kinston got their only run of the game when Johnny Drennen drove home Cirilo Cumberbatch with a two-out single in the bottom of the sixth inning. Drennen, after a week and a half on the disabled list, now has a 21 game consecutive on base streak. The streak is the second longest in the Carolina League this season. Dating back to last season, Drennen has reached base safely in 31 consecutive games.
The K-Tribe takes on Potomac in game three of the four game series Saturday night at 7pm. Carlton Smith will take the mound for the K-Tribe