Potomac escaped Kinston with a four game split, winning the finale 6-3 Thursday night in Grainger Stadium. Potomac banged 12 hits off of Kinston pitching. Down 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Kinston came back when Mike Butia hit a one-out double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Jerad Head hit a ground out to drive in Butia one batter later. After a two-out single by Jose Constanza, a Brian Finegan fly ball to shallow right field was dropped by Potomac second baseman Matt Rogelstad. Constanza would score from first and cut the Potomac lead to 4-2. Potomac would add runs in the seventh and eighth inning, off of Kinston newcomer Neil Wagner. Potomac’s Greg Thissen hit a solo home run in the seventh. Brian Peacock drove in a run with an RBI ground out in the eighth. Kinston would cut the lead to three with an RBI by Max Ramirez in the bottom of the eighth, but that’s as close as the K-Tribe would get. Ryan Edell (9-4) took the loss giving up eight hits and four earned runs in five plus innings. All of Edell’s earned runs came across with two outs in the innings. Erik Stiller and Matt Meyer each had scoreless innings from the Indians bullpen. Justin Jones (5-5) got the win for Potomac, throwing five innings of four hit ball.
Kinston returns to Grainger Stadium on Friday night to kick off a three game weekend series against the Frederick Keys. Kevin Dixon (8-3, 3.78) will take the mound at 7pm for the Indians. There will be fireworks after the game.