Kinston - The Kinston Indians magic number is now four with seven games to go in the first half, as the K-Tribe beat Myrtle Beach 4-1 Sunday afternoon at Grainger Stadium. It was the 11th win in the last 12 games for the K-Tribe as they won the last three games of the four game series against the Pelicans. Kinston starter Frank Herrmann (5-1) put in a great start, giving up just five hits and one earned run through six innings. Indians reliever Matt Meyer did the rest, picking up the save by going three scoreless innings and giving up just one hit.
Kinston put up three runs in the opening frame, as Jose Constanza started off the game with a walk. Chris De La Cruz followed with a single and Stephen Head got Kinston on the scoreboard with an RBI single scoring Constanza. Head and De La Cruz would both score on a one-out, two RBI double off the bat of Chris Gimenez. Kinston would add their fourth run in the fourth inning, when De La Cruz singled home Josh Rodriguez. De La Cruz went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. The Kinston infielder went 12-for-18 with 5 runs and 5 RBI in the four game series with Myrtle Beach. De La Cruz is now second in the Carolina League with a .333 batting average. The Pelicans Carlos Sencion (0-1) took the loss in the spot start. He gave up seven hits and four earned runs in three innings.
Kinston has a scheduled off day on Monday. The K-Tribe will continue the home stand as they welcome in Lynchburg for four games in three days, starting Tuesday. Kinston will play a double header with the Hillcats on Wednesday. Game one of the series starts Tuesday night at 7pm with Ryan Edell (6-2, 3.28) taking the hill for the K-Tribe.