The Kinston Indians won their season-high sixth game in a row, beating the Potomac Nationals, 8-6, in the opening game of a three game series Friday night at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbrige, VA. Kinston continued their hot hitting in the first inning putting up five runs and knocking Nationals front-line starter Ross Detwiler out of the box. Potomac countered with three in the bottom half of that frame, and tied it in the fifth inning.
Kinston responded in the top of the sixth on an RBI-single by Beau Mills, and two runs in the sixth. Potomac would not die, though, getting a run in their half of the sixth, and making things interesting down the stretch. In the eighth inning, the Nationals had the tying run on base with one out, and Beau Mills snared a line drive to first base. He tried to double up the runner at first, but Francisco Piasencia was called safe at first. Both manager Chris Tremie and pitching coach Greg Hibbard were thrown out for arguing, but Kinston escaped the inning on a ground ball.
Sung-Wei Tseng loaded the bases in the ninth, but Dan Cevette struck out pinch-hitter Chris Marrero and forced Dee Brown to fly out to right for the final out.
Hector Rondon (2-3) didn’t pitch too well, giving up five runs in five innings, but picked up his second straight victory.
The K-Tribe goes back to look for their seventh straight win when they face Potomac again at 6:35. Carlton Smith, the staff leader in wins at 3-2 takes the hill for the Indians.