Backup catcher Armando Camacaro tied a Carolina League record, hitting three home runs in a game, as Kinston beat Wilmington 7-5 in ten innings. Camacaro hit three, two-run home runs in consecutive at-bats, including one in the top of the tenth inning to give Kinston the victory. Coming into Thursday's game in Delaware, Camacaro had hit 12 home runs over a Minor League career that started in 1999. Camacaro had one home run in Double A Akron earlier this season, but he did not have a home run last season. Camacaro hit three home runs in 2005 for Akron, his career high for a season until now. Coming into the game, Camacaro was hitting .190 with two RBI. The last Kinston player to hit three home runs in a game was Chris Gimenez, who hit three against Frederick on May 16th.
Kinston’s Brian Finegan scored the only other run of the game, scoring on a wild pitch in the fifth inning. Camacaro hit the two-run shots, scoring John Drennen each time, in the sixth, eighth and tenth innings. Camacaro went 3-for-5 with six RBI. Scott Roehl (3-0) picked up the win in relief, going two scoreless innings and giving up two hits. Erik Stiller did another great job from the bullpen, going three innings and not giving up run. Sung-Wei Tseng starter for Kinston, giving up five earned runs through five innings. Yovany D’amico (4-1) took the loss for Wilmington, giving up the home run for the Blue Rocks in the tenth. Camacaro hit a home run on each of the three pitchers Wilmington had in the game tonight.
The K-Tribe takes on Wilmington for game two of the four game series tomorrow at 7:05pm. Steve Wright will take the mound for the K-Tribe.