The Kinston Indians won their second game in a row and took their second
series from the first place Myrtle Beach Pelicans, winning 5-4 Sunday
afternoon at Historic Grainger Stadium. Kinston took two of three from the
Pelicans back at the beach in May, and does the same here in their last
meeting of the first half.
The Pelicans went out in front early in the rubber game, though, when
Ernesto Mejia drove in Willie Cabrera with an RBI double in the first
inning. Myrtle Beach scored in the first in each of the three games in the
series. The K-Tribe responded in the second with three runs on a fielding
error by Eric Campbell and an RBI single from Jerad Head.
Myrtle Beach tied things up at three in the sixth on RBI singles from Mejia
and Jon Mark Owings. Niuman Romero came up big in the bottom half, however,
cranking his second home run in as many games. His fourth home run on the
year is a career high.
The birds tied things up again in the top of the seventh on a seeing-eye RBI
single by Brandon Hicks. Beau Mills stepped to the dish in the bottom half
to put the Indians up for good with his team-leading seventh home run.
In a game that was supposed to showcase two of the best starting pitchers in
the Carolina League, they both earn no decisions. Steven Wright (2-3) went
six innings giving up two earned runs on nine hits and five strikeouts for
Kinston. Pelicans righty Deunte Heath went six innings as well giving up
four runs, two of them earned with three strikeouts. Mike Pontius (3-1) gets
his third win despite relinquishing the lead in the seventh. Luis Perdomo
pitched a perfect ninth for his league-leading 13th save.
The K-Tribe hits the road after this short homestand series victory. They
head to Salem for three with the Avalanche starting tomorrow at 7:07. Josh
Tomlin (5-1) makes his first start for the K-Tribe since earning a win in a
spot start up in AAA Buffalo.