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Indians fall as Pelicans clinch first half division title

June 6, 2008 - Carolina League (CarL1)
Kinston Indians News Release


The Myrtle Beach Pelicans clinched the Southern Division 1st half title with an 8-5 win over Kinston, Friday night at Historic Grainger Stadium. Myrtle Beach (41-21) has the best record in the CL and will go to the playoffs for the first time since 2002. The Pelicans clinch snaps a streak of four consecutive first half titles by Kinston. Coming into this season the K-Tribe had won the Southern Division first half in seven of the last 11 years.

The Pelicans got things going in a big way with two solo home runs off of Carlton Smith in the first inning to go ahead 2-0. Kinston parlayed four consecutive hits into three runs in the third to go ahead 3-2. Adam Davis's solo home run extended the lead in the fifth, and it looked like the Pelican celebration would be delayed for another evening.

Myrtle Beach stormed back with three runs in the sixth, and a big three-run homer by Eric Campbell in the seventh to put the game on ice.

Carlton Smith (4-3) drops his third game and ends a streak of three straight starts with a win. Ryne Reynoso (6-3) got the win for Myrtle Beach and Brett Butts picked up his eighth save.

Kinston is back in action tomorrow with the Pelicans at 7:00. Kinston will be auctioning off special jerseys that will be worn in the game. Bids start at $50, and will take place at the Grainger Stadium, you must be present in order to bid. Jeanmar Gomez (2-6) takes the hill for the K-Tribe.

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