With their first half Southern Division title already wrapped up, the K-Tribe padded their stats with an 8-3 victory over Lynchburg Thursday night at Grainger Stadium. Kinston completed a four game sweep of the Hillcats and finished off a home stand where they went 7-1. The K-Tribe has now won 15 of their last 16 games.
Kinston starter Sung-Wei Tseng (1-5) picked up his first win of the season, giving up two earned runs in six innings. Tseng’s earned run average is a very respectable 3.80, but he has been a victim of low run support until Thursday night. Kinston started the scoring in the first inning with an RBI sacrifice fly from Max Ramirez. Nathan Panther added a two-run home run, his eighth of the season, in the third inning to put Kinston up 3-1. The Indians added two more runs in the fifth with RBI from Ramirez and John Drennen. Wes Hodges and Josh Rodriguez added RBI singles as Kinston ran their record to 8-3 against Lynchburg this season. Hodges extended his hitting streak to a team leading 14 games in a row. Matt Meyer and Scott Roehl came out of the bullpen to combine for three scoreless innings to close out the game. Serguey Linares (1-3) took the loss for Lynchburg.
Kinston will finish up the first half of the season with a three game series at Myrtle Beach starting Friday night at 7pm.