three-run home run by Kinston’s Jason Denham broke open a tie game, sending Kinston to a 7-5 victory over Winston-Salem, Sunday afternoon at Historic Grainger Stadium.
Kinston opened the game with a bang when Niuman Romero hit a two-out, two RBI double in the bottom of the first to give the Indians a 2-0 advantage. Romero’s first inning hit ran his consecutive game hit streak to 18 games, tied for the longest in the Carolina League this season. Romero went 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs on the afternoon.
Winston-Salem took a lead in the third inning when Kinston committed three errors, leading to three unearned runs. Up 3-2 in the bottom of the third, the Warthogs committed a costly two-out error of their own. With the inning extended, Kinston tied the game on a Romero RBI double and took the lead on Denham’s three-run homer. It was Denham’s fourth home run of the season. Alex Castillo added a solo home run in the fourth inning, his seventh of the season, to finish the scoring for Kinston.
Shawn Nottingham (1-1) picked up the win for Kinston. Nottingham went five innings, giving up four hits and three unearned runs. Sung-Wei Tseng, Mike Pontius and Vinnie Pestano came in from the bullpen to finish up for Kinston. Pestano picked up his first save of the season for Kinston. The K-Tribe pitching staff survived a season high six errors from Kinston fielders. All five runs Winston-Salem scored were unearned. The six errors came from six different K-Tribe position players.
Major League Closer Bobby Jenks will be on the mound for Winston-Salem Monday Night, making a rehab appearance for the Chicago White Sox affiliate. Jenks is scheduled to start and throw one inning for the Warthogs. Kinston will counter with Jeanmar Gomez, game time 7pm.