K-Tribe Falls In Season Finale

A walk-off home run by the Pelican’s Tyler Flowers in the bottom of the 10th inning sent Kinston into the off-season with a 5-4 loss. The K-Tribe finishes the season with a 72-65 overall record (37-32 second half), the third best record in the Carolina League, but will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2000. The K-Tribe’s seven consecutive playoff appearances is a Carolina League record.

Kinston erased a 2-1 deficit in the top of the sixth inning when Indian shortstop Carlos Rivero hit a three-run home run, his eighth round tripper of the season. Kinston kept the lead into the late innings, when Myrtle Beach scored a run in the bottom of the eighth to cut the score to 4-3. With two-outs in the ninth inning the Pelican’s Travis Jones hit an RBI double, his fourth hit of the night, driving in pinch hitter Jason Heyward and tying the score at four. In the bottom of the 10th inning, Flowers hit his home run to left field off of Kinston’s Vinnie Pestano for the walk off win. Pestano (1-2) picked up the loss for Kinston, giving up three hits and two earned runs in 1 1/3 innings. Cory Gearrin (3-1) got the win for Myrtle Beach.