The K-Tribe won their sixth game in a row, shutting out the Lynchburg Hillcats 7-0 Tuesday night at Grainger Stadium. Kelvin De La Cruz (3-1) put in a great start for the K-Tribe, giving up just three singles and striking out four in five innings for his third win of the season. Kyle Landis, Mike Finocchi and Matt Meyer gave up a combined one hit to finish up the shutout for Kinston.
Kinston got on the board n the bottom of the second inning when Matt McBride and Johnny Drennen hit back to back RBI doubles. Drennen would score the third run on the inning when Lynchburg third baseman Danny Bomback threw wide of first base for a costly error. The K-Tribe blew the game open in the bottom of the fourth when Jared Head hit a three run home run, his 10th round tripper of the season. Niuman Romero added an RBI double in the bottom of the seventh to finish the scoring for Kinston.
The K-Tribe now has a four game lead on Winston-Salem for the final playoff spot in the Carolina League Southern Division. The K-Tribe goes for their seventh straight win and second consecutive sweep on Wednesday night in the final game of a three game set against the Hillcats. Carlton Smith will take the mound for the 7pm start at Historic Grainger Stadium. Every Wednesday night is Military Appreciation night at the ballpark, where Military and their families are in for free.