The K-Tribe wrapped up the regular season in style, winning their sixth game in a row with a 4-3 victory over Myrtle Beach. Kinston now gets set for game one of the Southern Division Series on Wednesday at Grainger Stadium against the Salem Avalanche.
The K-Tribe came out of the gates with three runs in the first inning, behind RBI from Beau Mills and Wes Hodges. Hodges went 3-for-4 on the night. Kinston would score the eventual winning run in the sixth inning when Jerad Head drew a bases loaded walk, driving home Chris Gimenez. Kinston starter Steven Wright (3-2) picked up his second straight win, giving up six hits and one earned run in five innings. Josh Tomlin and Ryan Edell each pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Eric Stiller picked up his fourth save of the season, giving up one earned run on one hit in two innings of work.
During the game Kinston shortstop Josh Rodriguez stole two bases, his 20th and 21st of the year. Rodriguez is now just the second player in Kinston Indians history to put up at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a season. The only other person do accomplish the feat is current K-Tribe hitting coach Jon Nunnally, who put up 24 home runs and 23 stolen bases as a K-Tribe player in 1994. Kinston ended the year with 782 runs scored, a franchise record. Kinston (87-52) won their 87th game of the year, the sixth most in franchise history and two more than last year’s team.
Kinston pitcher Jim Deters ends the regular season with a 2.24 ERA, the best in the Carolina League among those who qualify. K-Tribe reliever Scott Roehl took home the Carolina League save title with 24. Rodriguez is the CL run leader with 84 on the season.
Kinston begins the Carolina League Playoffs on Wednesday in Kinston. Game one of the best of three Southern Division Series begins at 7pm.