Frederick, MD - The K-Tribe got back on the winning track, beating Frederick 5-4 in an early afternoon game in Maryland. The win snapped a two game losing streak for Kinston and gave the K-Tribe back the best record in the Carolina League, now at 17-12.
“I thought we played a good game, played good defense, made the plays we needed to,” said Kinston Manager Mike Sarbaugh. “Frank Herrmann did a good job and kept us in the game.”
Kinston starter Frank Herrmann (2-0) had his longest outing of the year, going six and one-third innings while giving up four earned runs. He struck out three and surrendered just one walk. Kinston’s bullpen was great again as Jim Deters and Scott Roehl came in to throw two and two-thirds hitless innings. Roehl picked up his fourth save of the season.
Kinston got the scoring going in the second inning when Stephen Head scored on an RBI double by John Drennen. In the third inning Max Ramirez hit his team leading fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot to left. Ramirez now has homers in back to back games. Kinston scored again in the fifth inning, when Nathan Panther scored on an RBI single by Ramirez. Kinston would score the eventual winning run in the top of the seventh inning, when Jerad Head began the inning with a bunt single. He then advanced to third on a hit and run single by Nathan Panther. Head would score one batter later on a Chris De La Cruz ground out.
“Max Ramirez came up big today and the team as a whole played great small ball,” said Sarbaugh. “Stephen Head made some great defensive plays and first, it was great to see a clean game in the field again.”
Kinston had at least two errors in their previous five games, but the K-Tribe was error free on Wednesday. Kinston will try to take a series split when they battle Frederick at a special early morning start time of 9:30am Thursday. David Huff will be on the mound for the K-Tribe.