The K-Tribe dropped both games of a double header to Salem, losing 3-2 and 13-6. It was the first time Kinston dropped both games of a double dip in seven double headers this season. Kinston still owns a five game advantage on second place Salem going into the final game of the six game series on Thursday.
In game one, Kinston got solo home runs from Chris Gimenez and Matt Whitney, but could not get much more managing just five hits in the game. Salem’s Polin Trinidad, making his Carolina League debut, took the win; giving up just five hits and two earned runs while striking out seven. He was one out away from a seven inning complete game when Chris Blazek came in for his sixth save of the season. Kinston newcomer Dustin Realini went 2-for-3, the only K-Triber with multiple hits in the 3-2 loss.
In game two, Salem jumped out to an 8-2 lead after three innings. Two costly errors in the top of the second inning by the K-Tribe, led to four unearned runs for Salem. Kevin Dixon (10-4) started the game and took the loss, giving up five hits and one earned run in two innings. In the third inning, a three run home run by Salem’s Tim Torres put Salem up 8-1 and they never looked back. Kinston racked up 10 hits in the 13-6 loss, including two home runs by Matt Whitney. Whitney went 3-for-4 in game two with the two round trippers. In the two games, Whitney was 4-for-7 with three home runs and five RBI. Whitney now has 12 home runs in 42 games for the K-Tribe this season.
Kinston returns to Grainger Stadium for the sixth and final game of the series Thursday night at Grainger Stadium. Sung-Wei Tseng gets the start for Kinston, game time 7pm.