Kinston pitchers were solid and timely hitting proved decisive as the Kinston Indians defeated the Frederick Key by a score of 3-1 at Harvey Grove Stadium in Frederick Maryland on Tuesday night. The K-Tribe now stand two wins away from winning the Mills Cup and Carolina League Championship in this their final year in Kinston.
K-Tribe starter Clayton Cook got the win going 5 and a third innings giving up one run on four hits. Relievers Chris Jones and Toru Murata pitched solid innings and Preston Guilmet closed out the game to get the save. Key’s starter Nicholas Houghian took the loss giving up 3 runs, 2 of which were earned on 6 hits in four inning work.
The Indians struck first in the top of the 3rd inning. Tyler Holt singled and advanced to second on an errant pick off attempt by Houghian. Bo Greenwell singled to advance Holt to third and Holt scored on a ground out by Adam Abraham.
The Keys got their only run in the bottom of the 3rd when Manny Muchado hit a two out double to drive in Bobby Stevens.
In the top of the 4th inning the K-Tribe struck again. First Baseman Jesus Aguilar homered to lead off the inning, his second home run in as many games. Tyler Cannon doubled to right and scored when Casey Frawley bunted for a single and took second on a throwing error by Key’s third baseman Dale Mollenhauer.
Kinston had 3 runs on 8 hits and left 7 runners aboard. They committed no errors while turning two double plays. K-Tribe pitchers struck out 8 and walked 4. The Keys scored 1 run on 7 hits leaving 9 men on base and committed 2 very costly errors. Keys pitchers struck out 10 Indians and walked just 2 batters but were beaten by timely extra base hits and their team’s errors.