Indians drench Avalanche
Kinston, NC-The Salem Avalanche, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Houston Astros, withstood a two-hour and 12 minute rain delay in its series opener with the Kinston Indians Sunday at Grainger Stadium but lost 6-3 to the K-Tribe. The Indians scored four runs in the sixth inning to win.
With the score even at two, Kinston took to the bat in the sixth inning. John Drennen bounced a ball to the first-base side of the mound that Evan Englebrook retrieved and threw over first. With Drennen on base, Chris Gimenez clobbered a two-run home run to hand Kinston the lead 4-2. It was the 16th homer of the season for the catcher/designated hitter. Later, with two out, Nathan Panther tripled Mike Butia home to add to the lead by one and push Englebrook out of the game. With Enyelbert Soto on the mound, Stephen Head was hit by a pitch and Max Ramirez doubled Panther to the plate for a 6-2 lead.
Salem's final tally came across on a solo home run off the bat of Cesar Quintero in the ninth.
Kinston drew first blood in the game when Max Ramirez singled Nathan Panther home in the first inning against Salem starter Brad James. The Avs grabbed the lead in the top of the second, though, versus lefthander Ryan Edell. Billy Hart led the frame off with a single to center. Then, Mark Ori poked a ball to right field that sent Hart to second base. Orlando Rosales followed that with a single to load the bases. With a 1-0 count on him, the next batter, Justin Tellam, singled to center to score Hart. Immediately after, Wladimir Sutil's base hit up the middle handed Salem the lead. It was the fifth consecutive single in the inning.
Kinston equaled the score, however, in the home half of the inning when Mike Butia grounded out to score John Drennen. The teams played one more frame before the rains came and stalled the game for two hours and 12 minutes. Both starters, James and Edell, were eliminated from the game.
The two teams play the middle game of the series Monday at 7:00 when rigthy Sergio Perez makes his initial second-half start.
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