Myrtle Beach - Frank Herrmann pitched seven strong innings and the long ball did the rest as Kinston beat Myrtle Beach 4-3 Wednesday in South Carolina. Herrmann (8-5) pitched seven strong innings, giving up six hits, three earned runs and striking out five. Kevin Dixon came to pick up his first save of the season, giving up just one hit in two innings of work.
Kinston brought out the big sticks in the third inning, when Josh Rodriguez hit a two-run, home run to tie the score at two. It was the third consecutive game Rodriguez has hit a home run, this blast good for his 15th of the season. Rodriguez also racked up RBI number 67 and 68, good for the third most in the Carolina League. Matt Whitney would break the 2-2 tie with a blast of his own to lead off the top of the fifth inning. It was the second homer in as many days for Whitney, who now has eight home runs in just 32 games with the K-Tribe. Later in the inning, an RBI single by Jared Goedert scored Wes Hodges to give Kinston the eventual winning run and a 4-2 lead. Goedert was 2-for-3 with the game winning RBI. Jairo Cuevas (6-10) took the loss for Myrtle Beach.
The K-Tribe finishes up the four game series on Thursday in Myrtle Beach. Kinston (73-39) will send Jim Deters to the mound for the 7:05pm start.