The Kinston Indians (35-34) finished the first half with a bang, shutting out Lynchburg 5-0 Sunday afternoon in Virginia. Hector Rondon (4-3) picked up his fourth win in his last five starts, giving up just five hits and striking out seven in five innings. Kinston?s bullpen did the rest as Neil Wagner and Jim Deters combined for four innings of scoreless relief. Kinston?s bullpen has allowed just one earned run over their last seven games. It was Kinston?s fifth shutout of the season.
The K-Tribe got the bats going as well, tying a season high by mashing 16 hits. Every K-Triber in the lineup got a hit and each batter reached base at least two times. Jason Denham started things in the first inning with a solo home run, his second round tripper of the season. Cristo Arnal drove in Jerad Head with an RBI single in the fourth inning. Jared Goedert got Nick Weglarz home with a double in the fifth inning. Cirilo Cumberbatch delivered a sacrifice fly plating Johnny Drennen in the sixth inning. Kinston would finish the scoring with an RBI by Head scoring Niuman Romero in the top of the ninth. Drennen, Weglarz, Cumberbatch, Head, Cristo Arnal and Rich Martinez each had two hits for Kinston.
Kinston finished the first half of the Carolina League season strong, losing just one series since April. The K-Tribe also won the second most games of any team in the Carolina League since April. Kinston will take the day off on Monday and wake up Tuesday morning with records reset in the Carolina League. The K-Tribe will take on Lynchburg at Historic Grainger Stadium on Tuesday night at 7pm to start the second half of the season. Carlton Smith will take the hill for the K-Tribe.