K-Tribe shortstop Josh Rodriguez had nine RBI, as Kinston killed the Hillcats 22-10 Thursday night at Grainger Stadium. Rodriguez went 3-for-5 with a two-run and grand slam home runs for the nine RBI. The K-Tribe scored 22 runs on 19 hits, scoring five or more runs and batting around in four separate innings. The 22 runs scored were the most scored in the Carolina League this season, eclipsing the 21 runs Kinston scored against Myrtle Beach on June 8th. Three K-Tribe players had four or more RBI in the game and seven Indians had multiple hits.
Kinston scored six runs in the bottom of the second inning on just three hits, as Lynchburg starting pitcher Jean Garavito walked the first three batters of the inning. The frame was highlighted by two-RBI hits from Jerad Goedert and Jose Constanza. Rodriguez capped the scoring with his first home run of the game, a two-run shot to left field. Lynchburg came back with five runs of their own in the top of the third to tie the score at six, until Kinston came alive again in the bottom of the inning. The Tribe scored five more runs on three hits and three walks. Rodriguez added a two-RBI double in the inning. After a Wes Hodges home run in the fourth inning made the score 12-6, Lynchburg came back with four runs in the top of the fifth to cut the score to 12-10. Kinston finally broke away scoring five runs in the both the sixth and seventh innings, capped by a Rodriguez grand slam. Rodriguez now has 12 home runs and 60 RBI on the year. Hodges went 4-for-5 on the night. Armando Camacaro went 3-for-3 with four runs scored. Jose Constanza went 2-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBI. Jerad Goedert went 2-for-5 with five RBI.
Chris Niesel (3-0) picked up the win for Kinston, giving up just one hit and no runs in three innings of work from the bullpen. Neil Wagner finished the game, giving up one hit and no runs in two innings of work. Patrick Bresnehan (4-3) picked up the loss for Lynchburg. Four Lynchburg pitchers gave up five or more earned runs on the night. Kinston returns to Grainger Stadium for game two of the three game series at 7pm on Friday night. Jim Deters (7-3, 2.21) will get the start for Kinston. Fireworks will follow the game.