Kinston clawed their way to a much needed 4-2 win on Wednesday night, on the road against Winston-Salem. The Indians got a great start from Steven Wright (2-2) who unleashed his best performance of the season. Wright went six strong innings giving up four hits and one earned run. Wright struck out a season high seven while walking only one batter.
Kinston erased a 1-0 deficit in the top of the fifth inning, when Josh Rodriguez hit a two-out, two-run home run. It was the 20th home run of the year for Rodriguez. Kinston picked up another run in the sixth, when Chris Gimenez scored from third after Warthog first baseman Micah Schnurstein booted a grounder with two outs in the inning. Kinston would grab their fourth run of the game in the seventh inning, when Jose Constanza scored on a ground out from Beau Mills. The night got tense in the bottom of the ninth inning when closer Scott Roehl entered the game and gave up back to back singles. Roehl bounced back when he pounced on a Brandon Johnson bunt, forcing the lead runner out at third base. Roehl then coaxed Warthogs catcher Tyler Reves into a game ending 6-4-3 double play. Roehl picked up his Carolina League leading 23rd save of the season. Kevin Dixon pitched two good innings of middle relief for Kinston, picking up his first hold of the season.
Kinston returns to Winston-Salem on Thursday night for the third game of this four game series. The K-Tribe will send Josh Tomlin to the mound, game time 7pm.