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Indians Survive in 12, Defeat Pelicans 5-4

August 2, 2005 - Carolina League (CarL) - Kinston Indians News Release

KINSTON-Rodney Choy Foo tied the game with a double in the bottom of the 12th inning and Michael Butia won it with a sacrifice fly as Kinston snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over Myrtle Beach before 803 fans at historic Grainger Stadium Monday night. The Indians improved to 15-22 in the second half and 56-51 overall, while the Pelicans fell to 16-18 and 49-55.

The Indians opened the scoring with Ryan Goleski's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second, and after Myrtle Beach tied it in the sixth Kinston untied it on Brian Barton's RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to make it 2-1. The K-Tribe then got an insurance run in the eighth on another sac fly by Goleski, but closer Todd Pennington ran into trouble in the ninth. Pennington struck out All-Star Jarrod Saltalamacchia to start the inning, but then surrendered a double to Matt Esquivel to bring Scott Schade to the plate as the potential tying run. Then with the count full, Pennington left a pitch up in the zone and Schade belted it over the wall in right-center, tying the game at 3-3.

Kinston had a chance to end the game in the bottom of the ninth but stranded runners on first and second, and reliever Kyle Collins then had to work out of a scare in the top of the 10th. Mark Jurich led off the 10th with a single, and pinch-runner Willie James moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and to third on a fly out. The Indians then opted to intentionally walk the switch-hitting Saltalamacchia to get a righty-righty match-up with Matt Esquivel, but the gamble paid off when Collins struck him out to end the frame.

The leadoff man reached again in the 12th for Myrtle Beach, this time when Collins walked James to start the inning. Then with Carl Loadenthal at the plate James took off for second base and was called safe by umpire Nick Monaco, even though Caleb Brock's throw was in plenty of time and shortstop Brandon Pinckney looked for all the world to have applied the tag in time. James went to third on a fielder's choice and then scored on a sac fly by Saltalamacchia to give the Pelicans their first lead of the night at 4-3.

The Indians refused to accept defeat however, as Mike Conroy opened the bottom of the 12th by ripping a triple inside the first base bag and Choy Foo then lined a double down the left-field line to plate Conroy and tie it at 4-4. Stephen Head followed with a sharp single to center as Choy Foo moved to third, and Barton was then walked intentionally to load the bases and set up a force at home. That's exactly what the Pelicans got when Goleski hit into a fielder's choice for the first out, but Butia came through with a deep drive to the gap in left-center as Head scored easily from third on another sac fly.

Collins (2-2) picked up a well-deserved win, allowing a run on two hits in 3.1 innings. He walked two and struck out four. Wes Letson (2-3) gave up both runs in the 12th. Head and Barton both went 3-5 to lead Kinston's 15-hit attack, and Choy Foo, Butia and Pinckney all had two hits. Scott Roehl started for the Indians and allowed one run in six innings while tying a season high with six strikeouts.

Game two in this three-game series is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday. Tom Mastny (5-3, 2.47 ERA) will start for Kinston against Myrtle Beach lefty Brady Endl (6-7, 3.32 ERA). For more information, please call the Indians at (252) 527-9111.

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