Potomac scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to come back and beat Kinston 5-4 Monday night at Grainger Stadium. With Kinston leading 4-3 in the top of the ninth inning, Potomac’s Chris Marrero hit a leadoff homer off of Jim Deters to tie the score. Kinston went to the bullpen for Matt Meyer who gave up a hit to Matt Rogelstadt and then walked Marvin Lowrance. Both runners advanced on a Brian Peacock sacrifice bunt. After a Brett McMillan strike out, Brandon Powell rolled a slow grounder to the left side that no K-Triber could get to, scoring Rogelstadt and giving Potomac a 5-4 lead. Kinston’s Matt Whitney led off the bottom of the ninth with a double to the wall, but Kinston could not get him home. Meyer (2-2) took the loss for Kinston. Jim Deters went three innings, giving up two earned runs for Kinston. Sung-Wei Tseng put in a solid start, going five innings and giving up two earned runs. David Trahan (1-2) won it for Potomac, Adam Carr picked up his fifth save of the year.
Kinston got on the board in the first inning, with a solo home run for Josh Rodriguez. It’s the second game in a row Rodriguez has hit a homer and his ninth round tripper of the season. John Drennen added a two-out, RBI double later in the first to put Kinston up 3-0. Whitney belted his fifth home run of the season, a solo shot, in the fourth inning.
The K-Tribe gets back at it on Tuesday for game two of this four game series. Steve Wright will be on the hill for Kinston, first pitch 7pm.