The K-Tribe won their seventh straight game, beating the Frederick Keys 4-1 Thursday night in Maryland. The seventh straight wins ties Kinston’s season high, set in a weeks stretch at the end of May.
Kinston starter Carlton Smith (10-5) picked up his tenth win of the season, pitching six shutout innings. Smith gave up just four hits while striking out two for his fifth win in his last six starts. Josh Tomlin, Matt Meyer and Vinnie Pestano finished it up from the K-Tribe bullpen, Pestano picked up his seventh save of the season.
Kinston started the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, when Beau Mills scored on an RBI double from Roman Pena. Kinston piled on in the second inning, when Cirilo Cumberbatch and Niuman Romero unleashed RBI hits. Romero scored from third base on a wild pitch to finish the scoring for Kinston. Mills went 2-for-2 with two walks for Kinston. Carlos Rivero and Cumberbatch each added two hits for the Indians.
The K-Tribe moves to a season high 13 games over .500 with a 67-54 overall record and a 32-20 mark in the second half. Kinston goes for eight wins in a row Friday night in Frederick in game two of the four game series. Shawn Nottingham gets the start for Kinston, game time 7pm.