Kinston starter Hector Rondon picked up his fifth win of the season, striking out a season high nine in a 3-1 K-Tribe victory over Salem, Saturday night at Historic Grainger Stadium. Rondon (5-3) went seven innings, giving up three hits and an unearned run. Sung-Wei Tseng pitched an inning plus of scoreless relief and Luis Perdomo came out of the bullpen to grab his league leading 18th save of the season.
Kinston got all three runs and all four of their hits in the bottom of the first inning. Johnny Drennen led off with a double, Beau Mills followed with a single. Nick Weglarz drove home Drennen with an RBI base hit. With two-outs in the inning, Chris De La Cruz lined a single to right field, scoring Weglarz and Jared Goedert. Kinston would not get another hit in the game. Casey Hudspeth (4-7) took the loss for Salem, giving up four hits and three earned runs in six innings.
The K-Tribe goes to 4-1 in the second half of the Carolina League season, staying in first place in the Southern Division. Kinston plays their last game before the All-Star Break Sunday afternoon at Grainger Stadium against Salem. Kinston’s Carlton Smith gets the call for the 2pm start.