Kinston’s Jim Deters pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just three hits and walking one as the K-Tribe beat Wilmington 2-0 Thursday night. Deters struck out five and did not walk a batter in the nine inning affair. Deters (3-2) turned 25 on Wednesday, it was his wife’s 24th birthday today. It was the third spot start of the year for Deters, who has made the majority of his 17 appearances from the bullpen.
Deters got all the run support he needed in the sixth inning when Nick Weglarz drove home Beau Mills with an RBI-single in the top of the sixth inning. Kinston added an unearned run in the seventh, but the night belonged to Deters. The game took just one hour and fifty-nine minutes to complete, the shortest nine inning game of the season for Kinston.
Earlier in the night, the Blue Rocks beat Kinston 6-5, finishing up a game suspended by rain on Wednesday night. Wilmington picked up the game with the bases full of Blue Rocks and no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Facing Kinston reliever Matt Meyer, Wilmington's Joe Dickerson snuck an RBI single through the right side to give Wilmington a 5-3 lead. Later in the inning and RBI-double by Josh Johnson gave the Blue Rocks a three-run lead.
The K-Tribe answered back with a two runs in the eighth on a two-run single by Cristo Arnal. Kinston got the tying run in the ninth but came up short as Tyler Chambliss picked up his ninth save. The loss goes to Mike Pontius (2-1) after giving up five runs over an inning and four batters.
Kinston (29-30) returns to Grainger Stadium on Friday night for a short three game homestand against Myrtle Beach. Game time 7pm as Carlton Smith will take the mound for the K-Tribe.