Frederick - The Kinston Indians suffered their first series sweep
of the season, as Lynchburg took three in a row from
the K-Tribe, finishing the series with an 11-9 win on
Sunday. The three game skid also matches Kinston’s
longest losing streak of the year.
The K-Tribe struck first as Josh Rodriguez hit a solo
home run in the top of the first inning. Kinston took
a 6-1 advantage in the top of the third inning,
batting around with RBI hits from Wes Hodges and
K-Tribe newcomer Dustin Realini. Mike Butia
highlighted the inning with a bases loaded double,
driving in three. Lynchburg would come right back in
the bottom of the third, scoring four runs to pull
within one run. After a sacrifice fly by Chris
Gimenez made the score 7-5 in the top of the fourth,
Lynchburg came back again in the bottom of the inning,
scoring two more runs to tie the score. Lynchburg
took the lead with four runs over the next two
innings; scoring at least one run in every inning from
the second through the sixth. Steven Wright was the
starter for Kinston, giving up eight hits and five
earned runs through four innings. Reliever Matt Meyer
(2-3) took the loss, giving up seven hits and four
earned runs through 1 1/3 innings. Neil Wagner had a
great outing from the bullpen, going 2 2/3 innings and
not giving up a hit. Kinston racked up 12 hits in the
game, including three from Brian Finegan. Kinston
newcomer Dustin Realini went 2-for-4 with two doubles.
Jose Constanza was 2-for-6 on the night extending his
hitting streak to ten games.
Kinston returns home for a four day, six game series
with second place Salem on Monday. The Avalanche have
won six games in a row and come into the series four
games behind the K-Tribe for first place in the
Carolina League Southern Division. Monday’s double
header starts at 5pm, Frank Herrmann will take the
mound for game one.
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