The Kinston Indians lost their season-high fourth game in a row, dropping the second of three from the Wilmington Blue Rocks, 3-2, at Historic Grainger Stadium. The Indians surrendered two runs in the third inning on an RBI-double by Derrick Robinson, who later scored on a throwing error while trying to steal third base.
The K-Tribe scored for the first time in two days, answering back in fourth inning. After a pair of walks to Jared Goedert and Carlos Rivero, Niuman Romero knocked an RBI-single into right field. Jason Denham knocked Romero in to tie the score at two.
Jeff Howell knocked a one-out home run on the first pitch he saw from Josh Tomlin in the fifth inning to give the Blue Rocks the lead for good. Tomlin (6-4) drops his fourth game and goes to 1-3 in his eight starts. Matt Meyer struck out two batters from the bullpen, and Tony Sipp and Vinnie Pestano finished with scoreless frames.
The K-Tribe looks to avoid the sweep with a win tomorrow, as Hector Rondon (6-3) takes the hill on the Fourth of July. Limited General Admission tickets are still available for the picnic area and the bleachers, but all reserved seats are sold out. Historic Grainger Stadium will be the site of Independence Day fireworks for the second year in a row, following the game that starts at 7:00 PM.