Kinston Splits at Wilmington

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Wilmington, DE - The K-Tribe went 1-for-1 on the day, picking up a suspended game and beating Wilmington 4-0, before losing to the Blue Rocks 3-1 in the night cap. The K-Tribe had unbelievable pitching in both games, giving up just three hits to Wilmington in 15 innings of play.

In game one, a continuation of a suspended game from Friday night, Kinston’s pitching stuff stifled Wilmington with a one hit shutout. Steven Wright, Ryan Edell and Matt Meyer combined for the gem; striking out 13 Blue Rock batters. Steve Wright started the game on Friday night, not giving up a hit and striking out seven through three innings before rains halted the game. Edell (10-5) came out of the pen for his tenth win of the season when play resumed this afternoon and is now tied for the second most wins in the Carolina League. Edell went three innings, giving up one hit and striking out five. Meyer picked up his third save of the season, not giving up a hit through three innings. Kinston scored all the runs they needed in the top of the fourth inning with back to back to back RBI singles from Stephen Head, Wes Hodges and John Drennen. Nathan Panther added a solo home run, his tenth homer of the season, in the fifth inning. Tyler Chambliss (3-2) took the loss for Wilmington.

In game two, Kinston starter Frank Herrmann (7-5) pitched a complete game two hitter, but lost 3-1. Herrmann went six innings, giving up two hits, one earned run and striking out four. Herrmann retired the last 13 batters he faced, not giving up a hit after the second frame. That hit was a two-RBI triple from Wilmington’s Jose Duarte, scoring Jeremy Cleveland and Brett Bigler. Cleveland began the inning reaching on an error, Bigler followed with a walk. Both runs were unearned and the difference in the game. Kinston scored their only run of the game on an RBI single by John Drennen in the sixth inning, driving in Matt Whitney. Kinston out hit the Blue Rocks 7-2 in game number two.

The final game of the four game series takes place tomorrow at 1:35pm. Kinston’s Jim Deters will take the mound against Wilmington’s Rowdy Hardy. Kinston will then return home to kick off a six game home stand beginning on Monday.