The K-Tribe pounded the Pelicans 10-3 on Wednesday night at Grainger Stadium. Kinston ended up taking two of three games in the series and extending their Carolina League Southern Division lead by three games over Myrtle Beach. Kinston (68-38) won their 68th game of the season and is now 30 games over five hundred.
Kinston took a 2-0 lead on a two-run home run by Johnny Drennen in the bottom of the second inning. The K-Tribe blew the game open in the seventh, scoring seven runs and sending ten men to the plate. Jerad Head started the inning by getting hit by a pitch. Jose Constanza drew a walk and both players advanced on a double steal. Myrtle Beach starter Jeff Lyman then threw a pitch in the dirt, that got away from catcher Jerry Verastegui allowing Constanza and Head to score. After a Josh Rodriguez walk, Stephen Head and Matt Whitney connected for back to back base hits. With the bases loaded, Johnny Drennen hit a single; scoring three and giving Kinston a 7-0 lead. Armando Camacaro added a sacrifice fly to score Drennen and Mike Butia topped off the inning with a solo home run. Kinston added run number ten in the fourth inning with an RBI single from Stephen Head. Drennen went 2-for-4 with four RBI, Whitney and Stephen Head each had two hits.
Kinston starter Steven Wright (1-1) picked up his first win in the Carolina League. Wright went six innings, giving up six hits and two earned runs. Matt Meyer and Kyle Collins finished things up for the K-Tribe to seal the victory. Jeff Lyman (0-2) took the loss for Myrtle Beach, giving up nine earned runs in three innings.
Kinston returns to Grainger Stadium on Thursday to open up a three game series with the Lynchburg Hillcats. Thursday is Scoreboard Operator Delmont Miller Appreciation Night, along with another Thirsty Thursday at Grainger Stadium. Game time 7pm, Frank Herrmann (7-5, 3.92) will be on the hill for the Indians.