July 31

Today, we look back at a quartet of season when the Kinston Indians finished up the month of July in memorable fashion.


The K-Tribe defeated the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Atlanta Braves) 9-1 behind a five-run bottom of the first that put the game’s result beyond doubt early. Said inning was achieved without the assistance of an extra-base hit (five singles, two walks, and a hit batte07. The pitching was also stellar as starter Scott Lewis and relievers Mariano Gomez, Mike Finocchi, and Kyle Collins combined to allow only one (unearned) run and strike out 12 Pelicans.



One year later, the Pelicans returned to Kinston and only allowed two runs to the Indians lineup, but the result was the same as starter Sung-Wei Tseng and relievers Ryan Edell, Neil Wagner, and Scott Roehl bested the previous year’s effort with a three-hit shutout.



Another year later, the Kinston side was in Salem, Va. to face the Avalanche (in their final season as a Houston Astros affiliate before becoming a Red Sox affiliate using the parent club’s name, as they are now). The game was even at two runs apiece through seven frames, but the K-Tribe blew the game wide open in the top of the eighth with a five-run inning highlighted by leadoff triple from C Carlos Santana and a two-run double off the bat of CF John Drennen and aided by a plethora of Salem miscues (passed ball, error, wild pitch, and ill-considered intentional walk of the second batter of the frame [with Santana on third already]).



The passage of two more years saw the K-Tribe in Wilmington, Del. to face the Blue rocks ( Kansas City Royals). The result was a 10-2 blowout. LF and leadoff hitter Donnie Webb drove in a trio of runs, all on a two-out homer in the sixth. So did number nine hitter 2B Ron Rivas, albeit not on a single swing of the bat (fourth-inning sac fly, seventh-inning two-run double ). The pitching was once again stellar, as both runs allowed were unearned.


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