The K-Tribe’s bats came back; unleashing 12 hits and eight runs on Winston-Salem in an 8-5 win over the Warthogs Monday Night in the Triad. Jerad Head went 4-for-5 with 2 RBI to lead the way for the K-Tribe.
Kinston erased a 2-1 deficit in the top of the third inning when Winston-Salem starter Clevelan Santeliz walked the first three batters he faced. After a Carlos Rivero sacrifice fly tied the score at two, Head hit a two-out, two RBI double to put Kinston up for good. Kinston added a run in the fourth inning on a Carlos Santana RBI. They would ice the game with a bases loaded RBI double by Niuman Romero in the top of the seventh inning. Romero went 2-for-5 with two RBI. Every K-Tribe batter in the lineup reached base safely as Kinston ended their eight game losing streak.
Kinston starter Carlton Smith is now tied for the Carolina League lead in wins with 11. Smith (11-6) went five innings, giving up seven hits and five earned runs. Kinston’s bullpen did a fantastic job after Smith, as Josh Judy, Josh Tomlin and Vinnie Pestano combined for four no run innings. The K-Tribe trio gave up a total of two hits, while striking out five and walking none.
Kinston is now 2 ½ games behind Winston-Salem for the final playoff spot in the Carolina League Southern Division. Game two of the four game series takes place at 7pm tomorrow in the Triad. Shawn Nottingham takes the mound for Kinston.