Wilmington scored a run in the top of the ninth inning, to upend Kinston 4-3 Thursday Night at Grainger Stadium. The game featured a rare occurrence times two, as Kinston lead off man Jose Constanza hit two solo home runs. Since his professional career began in 2003, Constanza had notched just four homers in more than 1200 at bats. Constanza led off the game with a home run then followed it up with another round tripper in the seventh inning to tie the game at three.
Kinston had the bases loaded with no outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, but a double play and a pop out ended the rally. Wilmington won the game on an RBI single from Josh Johnson in the top of the ninth. The two teams combined for 24 hits in the series finale. Kinston picked up their second run of the game, with an RBI double by Johnny Drennen in the fifth inning.
James Deters (0-1) picks up the loss for Kinston; Gilbert De La Vera (1-0) gets the win for Wilmington. K-Tribe starter David Huff went four innings for Kinston, giving up six hits and one earned run. Kinston returns to action against Winston-Salem tomorrow night at 7pm; for the start of a three-game weekend series at Grainger Stadium.
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