Kinston lost its first series since May 15th, dropping the rubber game of a three game set to Potomac 10-2 Tuesday night at Historic Grainger Stadium. Potomac banged out 15 hits on their way to their second straight win against Kinston. It was the first time the K-Tribe dropped back to back games since June 14th.
With Potomac leading 6-1 in the top of the sixth inning, the game got a jolt when Potomac’s Matt Rogelstad ran over Kinston’s Niuman Romero in a run-down, triggering a benches clearing incident. Both Rogelstad and Romero were ejected from the game. Potomac rebounded with back to back home runs from Marvin Lowrance and Aaron Seuss when play resumed. Potomac went on to a four-run inning to put the game away. Kinston managed seven hits in the game, with Romero going 2-for-2 before he was ejected.
Jeanmar Gomez (2-7) took the loss for Kinston, giving up a season high 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings. Matt Meyer and Vinnie Pestano combined for three innings of scoreless relief from the K-Tribe bullpen. Justin Jones (3-1) got the win for Potomac.
Former ECU Pirate Trevor Lawhorn went 0-for-3 for the Nationals.
The K-Tribe still stands atop the Carolina League Southern Division with an 8-4 second half record. Kinston welcomes in Wilmington for a three game series starting Wednesday night at Grainger Stadium. Shawn Nottingham will take the mound for the K-Tribe.