Kinston - The K-Tribe finished up the first half of the season with a 3-0 loss at Myrtle Beach. Kinston wrapped up a first half title earlier in the week and is assured a spot in the Carolina League Playoffs in September. The Kinston Indians finished up the season with a 45-24 record, the best record in the Carolina League and one of the top marks in all of Minor League baseball. The K-Tribe ended the first half of the season winning 16 of their last 19 games.
Myrtle Beach broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Isaiah Ka’aihue hit his team leading 13th home run into the left field seats. The two-run shot put the Pelicans up 2-0, they would add an RBI single from Eric Campbell in the eighth inning. Kinston third baseman Wes Hodges extended his hit streak to 17 games, the second longest in the Carolina League this season, with a single to lead of the sixth inning. Hodges went 1-for-3 and now boasts a .325 batting average, the second highest in the Carolina League. Ryan Edell (7-3) was the tough luck loser, giving up just two earned runs in five plus innings. Dan Cevette came in to finish up the game for Kinston. Jairo Cuevas (3-8) was the winner for Myrtle Beach.
The K-Tribe will not play again until Thursday, June 21st in Lynchburg; breaking three days for the Carolina League All Star Break. Kinston will send Max Ramirez, Chris Gimenez, Jim Deters (for the injured David Huff) and Frank Herrmann to the Carolina League vs. California League All Star Game this Tuesday in Stockton, California. K-Tribe manager Mike Sarbaugh, pitching coach Tony Arnold and trainer Chad Wolfe will head the staff of the Carolina League All-Star team. You can listen to the game for free through Minor League Baseball at this link:
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