Game Recap 5/2: White Dominates, Smith Blows Lead
Alex White had his best outing of the season, but Salem came back late to walk off with a 2-1 win Sunday afternoon in Virginia. White went a season high seven innings, giving up just two hits (both singles) while walking one and striking out five. Just like his last outing, White had a no hitter going into the fifth inning.
Kinston would score their only run of the game when Jason Kipnis was hit by a pitch to lead off the fourth inning. After an error on Salem shortstop Ryan Dent allowed Doug Pickens to reach, Abner Abreu grounded into a double play. Kipnis would later score on an infield single up the third base line by Kyle Bellows. Kinston would manage just two other hits in the game, a Karexon Sanchez single in the third inning (extending his hit streak to 12 games) and a single by Abreu in the sixth.
After Matt Langwell delivered a perfect inning for Kinston in the bottom of the eighth, the Indians tried to protect a 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. In the bottom of the ninth inning, closer Steve Smith walked both Mitch Dening and Peter Hissey to lead off the frame. After an RBI double by Oscar Tejeda drove in Dening and tied the game at one, Anthony Rizzo was intentionally walked to load the bases. Salem