The Kinston Indians won their 70th game of the season on Friday night, with a 7-2 triumph over the visiting Lynchburg Hillcats. The K-Tribe (70-38) took advantage of another great pitching performance by starter Jim Deters. Deters (8-3) pitched seven innings; giving up just two hits, one earned run and striking out five. Deters is now 3-0 in five starts this season.
Kinston gave Deter’s run support early as Josh Rodriguez drove in Jose Constanza with an RBI sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first. Wes Hodges led off the bottom of the second inning with a solo home run, putting Kinston up 2-0. With two outs in the inning Kinston put together five straight singles from Brian Finegan, Jose Constanza, Chris De La Cruz, Josh Rodriguez and Stephen Head. De La Cruz and Head both drove in two runs with their singles to put Kinston up 6-1. Brian Finegan added an RBI single in the sixth inning to complete the scoring for the K-Tribe. From the bullpen, Ryan Edell came in to close things out for Kinston. Edell gave up an unearned run off three hits, while striking out two.
Kinston now owns the second best record in all of Minor League Baseball with their 70-38 overall mark. Only the Augusta Green Jackets of the Low A South Atlantic League have a better record. Kinston will go for the series sweep Saturday night at Grainger Stadium. Erik Stiller (3-3, 1.19) makes his first start of the season for the K-Tribe at 7pm to end the six game home stand.