Niuman Romero extended his hit streak to a team-high 16 games and Jared Goedert had four hits as the Kinston Indians got a series win, beating the Lynchburg Hillcats 8-4, in Virginia. The K-Tribe banged out 12 hits, reaching double-digit knocks for the second straight game after 14 hits in last night’s nightcap. The Indians plated a run on a two-out double by Jared Goedert in the first inning, and then Alex Castillo plated Romero on the sacrifice fly in the second. Beau Mills added a two-out double in the fifth to put the K-Tribe up 3-0.
After Lynchburg responded with a run in the bottom of the fifth, Kinston busted out with a big sixth. Goedert led off with a hit, Romero had an RBI double to drive in Goedert, and Cirilo Cumberbatch drove in two on his 22nd birthday as Kinston plated four in the frame to put the game out of reach. Beau Mills added his team-leading 14th home run to add some insurance in the ninth inning. Goedert went 4-for-5, his second four hit game of the season. Romero was 2-for-5 extending his hit streak to 16, the fourth longest in the Carolina League this season. In addition, Romero is now hitting .300 on the seasaon.
Josh Tomlin (7-4) pitched six innings, giving up two runs and striking out a season-high eight. Tony Sipp threw two scoreless innings, having not allowed a run in six innings of Carolina League action since coming back from Tommy John Surgery.
The K-Tribe returns home to Grainger Stadium on Saturday to kick off a seven game in eight day homestand. Kinston starts the day one game behind Winston-Salem for first place in the Carolina League Southern Division and takes on the Warthogs in a four game series. Game one is 7pm Saturday night with Kinston’s Carlton Smith on the mound.