Kinston Splits Double Header With Lynchburg

Kinston split a double header with Lynchburg, winning game two 9-2 after the Indians dropped the opening game of the double dip 7-1. Kinston jumped all over the Hillcats in game two, scoring five runs in the first inning helped by a grand slam home run from Jared Goedert. It was Goedert eighth home run and second grand slam of the season. Every K-Triber in the lineup had a hit in game two as Kinston banged out a total of 14. Niuman Romero went 2-for-4 with a home run in game two, extending his team high hit streak to 15 games. Goedert, Nick Weglarz and Johnny Drennen each added two-hit a piece for Kinston. Matt Meyer (3-0) picked up the win for Kinston, pitching two innings of scoreless relief. Sung-Wei Tseng got the spot start for the K-Tribe, giving up just two hits and an earned run in three innings of work.

The Hillcats scratched the K-Tribe, handing Kinston a 7-1 loss in game one of a double header. The Hillcats got to Kinston ace Hector Rondon in the second inning, scoring three runs on three hits and two walks. Rondon would give up three more runs on back to back to back hits in the fifth inning. Rondon (7-3) suffered his first loss since May 9th, giving up six earned runs on eight hits. The K-Tribe starter had won his last five starts in a row coming in. Rondon’s next appearance will be for the World Team in the MLB futures game from Yankee Stadium on Sunday. The K-Tribe got their lone run of the ballgame when Johnny Drennen delivered an RBI double, scoring Cirilo Cumberbatch, in the fifth inning. Drennen went 2-for-3. Blair Johnson (3-1) picked up the win for Lynchburg.

The K-Tribe takes on Lynchburg in the final game of the three game series Friday night in Virginia. Kinston will send Josh Tomlin to the mound for the 7:05 start.