The Southern Division leading K-Tribe swept a double header from second place Salem, upending the Avalanche with a 6-1 and 5-2 victory on Monday night at Grainger Stadium. Salem, who came into the night with a six game winning streak, is now six games behind Kinston for first place in the Southern Division.
In game one, Kinston scored all six of their runs in the bottom of the second inning. Chris Gimenez led off the inning with a double and was sent home on a two-run home run by Wes Hodges. After a Johnny Drennen single and Jerad Head getting hit with a pitch, Jared Goedert went yard with his second home run of the season. Matt Whitney finished the inning with an RBI single driving home Jose Constanza. K-Tribe starter Frank Herrmann did the rest with his third complete game of the season. Herrmann (9-5) went seven innings, giving up five hits, one earned run and striking out six. Herrmann did not give up a hit after the second inning, at one time retiring 13 batters in a row.
In game two, Kinston came out of the gates with a three-run first. Jerad Head tallied two of those runs with a bases loaded double, scoring Josh Rodriguez and Matt Whitney. Armando Camacaro finished off the inning with an RBI single, scoring Drennen. Kinston added insurance in the third inning with a solo home run by Wes Hodges, his second of the double header. The K-Tribe tallied three home runs on the night, raising their Carolina League leading total to 127 on the season. The 127 homers are the second most home runs hit in franchise history. Only the 1997 K-Tribe, with a ridiculous 185 home runs, have hit more in a season then the 2007 K-Tribe. Hired gun Josh Tomlin, just called up from Low A Lake County, started the second game for Kinston, giving up just two hits and one earned runs in three innings. Ryan Edell (11-6) picked up his team leading 11th win, throwing three innings of one hit ball from the bullpen. Scott Roehl picked up his Carolina League leading 21st save with a perfect ninth inning.
Kinston returns to Grainger Stadium for game three of the six game series on Tuesday night. Jim Deters (9-3, 2.01) will take the mound for Kinston at 7pm. Kinston will take another double dip with another double header on Wednesday starting at 5pm. The series wraps up on Thursday with a 7pm start.