The Wilmington Blue Rocks beat Kinston 4-1 Monday night at Historic Grainger Stadium.
Giovanni Soto had a solid Carolina League debut on the mound for Kinston. Soto went 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on three hits. He walked one and struck out eight. Wilmington took a 1-0 lead on Soto and the K-Tribe when John Whittleman hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning.
Wilmington's Noel Arguelles made his long awaited American pro baseball debut. The Cuban defector signed with Kansas City for seven million dollars in 2010.
Arguelles gave up two hits in four innings of work. He did not walk a batter and struck out one.
Joey Mahalic came in for relief of Soto in the sixth with two-outs and a runner on second base. Rey Navarro greeted Mahalic with an RBI triple to make the score 2-1 in favor of the Blue Rocks. The Rocks would add two more runs off of Mahalic in the seventh inning with three singles and a throwing error. Wilmington had RBI singles in the inning from Juan Graterol and Deivy Batista.
Kinston got to Arguelles replacement, Michael Mariot in the bottom of the fifth inning. Adam Abraham hit a towering home run to left field to even the score at one. It was the first homer of the season for Kinston. Mariot would shut down the K-Tribe from there, not giving up another hit through his final 4 2/3 innings of work. Mariot took the win for Wilmington. Kinston had just three hits on the night.
Travis Turek pitched two solid innings of relief for Kinston, giving up just one hit in two innings while striking out three.
The two teams meet again Tuesday night at Historic Grainger Stadium. Tuesday is Marvin Daugherty Night and also a $2 Tuesday featuring $2 admission for