Nathan Panther went 3-for-4 on his birthday, but it wasn’t enough as Salem ruined his party with a 5-1 victory. Squaring off against Salem starter Brad James, coming in with a 2.05 ERA, Kinston was successful early and got five hits off the Carolina League All Star in the first three innings. Inning ending double plays killed rallies in both the first and the third innings though, and James settled down after that. James allowed just two more hits over the next five innings to cruise to the win. James (9-2) gave up just seven hits in a season high eight innings of work. Kinston scored their only run of the game when John Drennen scampered home on a James wild pitch in the eighth inning. Kinston stranded nine runners on base in the game.
Frank Herrmann (6-4) took the loss for the K-Tribe, giving up eight hits and five earned runs in five innings. Mitch Einertson hit a two-run home run off of Herrmann to start the scoring n the first inning. An RBI double by Chris Johnson and RBI single by Cesar Quintero put Salem up 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth. Einertson finished the night with an RBI double in the fifth. Kinston relievers Mike Finocchi and Kyle Collina came in to combine for three scoreless innings to end the night.
K-Tribe will get back to it Friday night for game three of the four game series. Nine game winner Ryan Edell will take the mound for the Indians. First pitch scheduled for 7:07pm.