Wilmington’s starting pitcher Rowdy Hardy lived up to his billing as one of the best pitchers in the Carolina League, picking up his fifth win of the year in a 4-1 victory over Kinston. Hardy went eight innings, giving up just two hits and one earned run. Hardy did not give up a hit after the first inning and retired the last 16 batter he faced. Kinston’s Jose Constanza started off the bottom of the first inning with a bunt single. One batter later, Chris De La Cruz singled Constanza over to third base. It was the last hit that Hardy would give up. Constanza scored on a double play ground out off the bat of K-Tribe newcomer Jared Goedert. Wilmington got all the runs they needed in the fourth inning, when Wilver Perez and Mario Lisson both doubled to start the inning. Brian McFall brought in Perez with a sacrifice fly and Miguel Vega got Lisson home with an RBI ground out. When Hardy left the game with a 4-1 lead after eight innings, Kinston took advantage of reliever Justin Barnes. The K-Tribe loaded the bases with two walks and a single, but Stephen Head struck out with the bases loaded to end the game.
Kinston starter Sung-Wei Tseng (0-5) took the loss going six innings, giving up six hits and three earned runs. Jim Deters came in for the final three innings for Kinston, giving up one earned run on four hits. Kinston remains in first place in the Carolina League Southern Division with a league best 29-21 record. The K-Tribe will finish up the series and the home stand with a special 11 AM game Wednesday morning at Grainger Stadium. Frank Herrmann will take the mound for Kinston.