Game Recaps 6/22
The Kinston Indians gave up eight runs in four innings, but Alex Castillo bailed them out with a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the 10th to win it for the K-Tribe.
The Indians had a pair of three-run innings in the first and third and capped off the scoring with solo home runs from Beau Mills and Jared Goedert in the fourth. The K-Tribe added a run off an error in the fifth, and had a 9-1 lead behind a five-inning pitching performance from Carlton Smith.
The Avalanche stormed back with a Justin Tellam two-run triple in the sixth, and he scored a sacrifice fly for a three-run sixth. Tim Torres hit a two-run homer in the seventh, and Tellam went yard for a solo shot in the eighth. Luis Perdomo gave up a pair of bases loaded walks to tie things in the ninth.
Castillo’s game-winning blast came with one out in the 10th to send the K-Tribe to their second series win in a row, and improve their record against Salem to 8-4.
The Indians have been in first place since the second half started, winning five of their first six games out of the gate. They take a break for the Carolina/California League All-Star Game, and send Niuman Romero, Josh Tomlin, and Perdomo to Myrtle Beach for the contest. They start a three-game set on Thursday night against Frederick. First game is at 7:00 PM.
CAPTAINS EARN SPLIT IN LAKEWOOD
(Lakewood, NJ) – The Lake County Captains took advantage of sloppy defense by the Lakewood BlueClaws en route to a 3-2 come from behind victory on Sunday. Two of the three Captains runs were unearned. Captains pitching held Lakewood scoreless for the last six innings of the game. The Captains even there record at 2-2 in the second half.
The BlueClaws started the scoring in the second inning on a solo home run by Mike Durant off of Captains starter Ryan Miller to take a 1-0 lead. It was Durant’s 11th home run of the year. The Captains tied it at 1-1 in the top of the second against the BlueClaws starter Chance Chapman. Following two, two out errors by the BlueClaws second baseman Derrick Mitchell, Roman Pena singled home Adam White. The Claws came right back in the bottom of the third when Mitchell singled home D’arby Myers to make it 2-1.
The Captains tied it at 2-2 in the sixth inning when Matt Brown hit a sacrifice fly off of BlueClaws reliever Moises Melendez. The Captains took the lead 3-2 against Chris Kissock in the top of the eighth inning when Dustin Realini scored on a throwing error by the Claws shortstop Freddy Galvis who was trying to complete a double play.
Miller did not factor in the decision as he went five innings giving up two runs on six hits, walking two and striking out three. Paolo Espino followed Miller in the sixth inning and threw three scoreless innings and picked up his first win. Vinnie Pestano pitched a scoreless ninth inning to notch save number fifteen. Kissock took the loss and his record fell to 1-3.
The Captains return home on Monday for a seven game home stand against Delmarva, Lakewood and Hagerstown. Monday’s game time is 7:05 PM with the Captains sending RHP Jonathan Holt (2-4, 4.03) to the mound against the Shorebirds LHP Nate Nery (0-0, 12.00). The game can also be heard on AM 1330 WELW, WELW.COM or CAPTAINSBASEBALL.COM.