Kinston gets only four hits in 2-0 loss

Kinston gets only four hits in 2-0 loss

The Kinston Indians got only four hits and lost at Winston-Salem 2-0 in the Class A Carolina League playoffs. Combined with a 3-2 loss in the series opener, the K-Tribe faces a must-win situation as they head home for Game 3 on Friday night. A win would enabled Kinston to host Game 4 on Saturday night, hoping to send the series back to Winston-Salem for a decisive Game 5.

Austin Adams allowed two runs over 4 2-3 innings and Kinston got near-perfect relief, but could not muster any offense.

Kinston got only one hit over the first seven innings, a two-out ground single by Jeremie Tice in the first off Dylan Axelrod, who ran into trouble in the eighth.

Kyle Bellows hit a leadoff double and Abner Abreu walked. Brando Kloess came on in relief and struck out Juan Diaz and Doug Pickens before Donnie Webb singled to right to load the bases. Kloess got out of the jam by retiring Bo Greenwell on a ground ball to second.

In the ninth, Karexon Sanchez singled off closer Tyson Corley, but was erased when Tice hit into a double play. Chun Chen then grounded out to end it.

Kinston batters drew only one walk and struck out 10 times.

Adams allowed only two hits and two walk, striking out five. Chris Jones then pitched one-hit ball over three scoreless innings and Matt Langwell retired the only batter he faced.

Right-hander Joe Gardner (12-6, 2.65 ERA) will try to keep Kinston's season alive when he takes the mound Friday night against Nathan Jones (11-6, 4.06 ERA).

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