K-Tribe Sweeps Keys

The K-Tribe swept a doubleheader from Frederick, bringing their win streak to a season high five games in a row. Kinston won game one 5-0 and took game two 3-2.

A complete game shutout victory by Steven Wright propelled the Kinston Indians to a 5-0 victory in game one at Historic Grainger Stadium. Wright pitched all seven innings of the opener striking out seven, allowing two hits and four base runners. It was the K-Tribe pitching staff’s third shutout of the year.

The Indians scored in the first inning for the third straight day, plating a run on an RBI single by Chris De La Cruz. The Tribe added a run in the third with an RBI force-out from Nick Weglarz. As Wright kept dealing, Kinston kept scoring, blowing it open in the sixth sending nine men to the plate and scoring three. A two-run double by Alex Castillo and a run-scoring double put things out of reach in the penultimate frame. Wright finished things up in the seventh for his second win against three losses, lowering his staff-leading ERA to 2.38, fifth in the Carolina League.

Jason Denham’s three-run homer in the fourth inning gave the Indians enough of a cushion to hold off Frederick again. Despite Josh Tomlin giving up two runs in four innings, Neil Wagner and Luis Perdomo combined to hold the Keys scoreless over the last three innings. Perdomo pitched a scoreless ninth for his Carolina League-leading 12th save.

The Indians won their season-high fifth straight game in the nightcap, all coming at home. Frederick was swept in their second straight series, after not being swept up to this point last week. They have lost seven straight over that stretch.

The K-Tribe will play the next 14 of their 17 games away from home. Kinston’s seven game road trip starts Friday night in Potomac. Hector Rondon takes the mound for Kinston in the 7:05 start.