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

• Extra Credit...Kinston had to go to extra innings to snap a five-game losing streak last night, but a pair of runs in the bottom of the 12th inning gave the K-Tribe a 5-4 win in the opener of this three-game series with Myrtle Beach. The Pelicans trailed 3-1 in the top of the ninth but tied it on Scott Schade's two-run homer off Indians closer Todd Pennington with one out. After Myrtle Beach left runners at second and third in the top of the 10th, the Pelicans took a 4-3 lead on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's sacrifice fly in the top of the 12th. The Indians came back with an RBI double by 3B Rodney Choy Foo to tie it however, and LF Michael Butia capped the comeback with the game-winning sacrifice fly later in the inning.

• Situational Hitting, How I Love Thee...You can't say that the Indians have completely cured their offensive woes with one win, but at least the Indians made it a little easier on themselves last night by capitalizing on their opportunities, as three of Kinston's five runs scored on sacrifice flies last night. RF Ryan Goleski, suffering through a 2-39 slump that has dropped his average to .206, hit the ball hard and delivered sac flies in the second and eighth, and Butia had his game-winner in the 12th. The Indians got the leadoff man on base five times last night, and the runner came around to score in four of those instances.

• The Roehl World...Indians start Scott Roehl was fantastic again last night, carrying a shutout into the sixth inning and tying a season-high with six strikeouts while turning in his first quality start of the year (six innings, one run). Despite the great performance Roehl's ERA actually went up, ballooning from 0.82 to 0.96. Opponents are hitting just .165 against Roehl.

• Feeling Arizona...K-Tribe skipper Luis Rivera has received as high an honor as a minor league manager can get, being named today as the manager for the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League. Since the AFL's inception in 1992, 18 AFL managers have become big-league managers, including Dusty Baker, Terry Francona, Mike Scioscia and Ken Macha.

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