Niuman Romero extended his hit streak to 21 games, but Kinston dropped game one of a three game series to Potomac 7-4 Monday night in Virginia. Romero went 2-for-4, getting a hit in his first at bat, in his first action back from a three game suspension.
Kinston got on the board in the first inning when Johnny Drennen led the game off with a double and was driven in by a Beau Mills single. It was the 64th RBI for Mills this season, the second most in the Carolina League. Kinston broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fifth with a three-run, home run by Jared Head. Head went 2-for-4 on the night; it was Head’s eighth home run of the season.
Potomac evened the score in the seventh inning, with RBI hits from Francisco Plasencia and Dee Brown. Both hits came off of K-Tribe reliever Sung-Wei Tseng. Later in the inning an RBI sacrifice fly from Brian Finegan off of K-Tribe pitcher Matt Meyer, put Potomac up for good. Three more hits led to two insurance runs in the eighth for Potomac. Tseng (0-4) picks up the loss for Kinston, giving up four runs in 1 1/3 innings. Jeanmar Gomez put together a solid start for Kinston, going five innings, giving up just four hits and an earned run. Reliever Clint Everts got the win for Potomac.
The K-Tribe returns to action on Tuesday night from Woodbridge, Virginia. Game two of the four game series starts at 7:05.