The Kinston Indians lost their third straight game Wednesday night, dropping the opener of a three-game series against Wilmington, 2-0, at Historic Grainger Stadium. The Indians were shutout, having scored only seven runs on this four-game homestand. The lack of run support spoiled the best starting outing from Shawn Nottingham, who went five scoreless innings and striking out seven batters.
Wilmington scored both of their runs off of Mike Finocchi in the sixth
inning. The Rocks got a lead-off solo home run by Cody Strait, playing in
his first game since being traded from the Cincinnati Reds Organization.
Anthony Seratelli added a two-out, RBI-double to plate Kurt Mertins for the second run. Wilmington starter Mario Santiago blanked the K-Tribe over six and 2/3 innings, and Tyler Chambliss picked up his second save.
Sung-Wei Tseng and Neil Wagner added scoreless performances out of the pen as well for the K-Tribe, but the offense amounted to just four hits, only two after the first inning. Jared Goedert was 3-for-2 for the K-Tribe.
The Indians will try to stop the losing streak with Carolina League Pitcher
of the Week Josh Tomlin (6-3) taking the mound. He faced the minimum through six in his last start and will try to help the K-Tribe avoid their largest losing skid on the season. First pitch is 7:00 PM on Thirsty Thursday, with $1 12-ounce beers and sodas.