‘Cats unable to weather storm

After Hurricane Irenetore through North Carolina, the series between Indians and Hillcatswas moved to Lynchburg.  In the first game on Sunday night Kinston won 9-2 over Lynchburg.

Hillcats pitcher Caleb Brewer had a rough start to the game.  He walked the first three batters he faced, then gave up a grand slam to Jeremie Tice.  He walked two more batters in the inning, but was able to get out of the inning with Kinston leading 4-0.

Barrett Kleinknecht stepped up to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the second.  He swung on the first pitch he saw, launching it over the left field wall for a solo home run to cut the lead to 4-1.

Over the next three innings, the Indians score four unanswered, all off of singles.  One run scored in each of the third and fourth, and then Adam Abraham hit a two-run single in the fifth to put the Indians up 8-1.

The Hillcats got one back in the bottom of the eighth.  With Todd Cunningham on first base, Christian Bethancourt doubled to center, scoring Cunningham and making the score 8-2.

Kinston scored one more in the ninth, to give the Indians a 9-2 victory over Lynchburg.

Brewer (1-1)  took the loss, only pitching two and two-thirds innings and giving up five runs.  The winning pitcher was Clayton Cook (8-8).

The Hillcats fell to 27-33 in the second half.  The Indians improved to 32-28.

The final game this season between the Hillcats and Indians will be played Monday at 5:00 pm at CityStadium.  Gary Moran (1-1) will pitch for the Hillcats and Francisco Jimenez (3-3) will take the mound for the Indians.  Gates will open at 4 pm and admission will be free for all fans.

The Hillcats On-Deck Show presented byHonda/Suzuki of Lynchburg will go on the air at 4:40 pm. Tune in to105.5 KD Country or go to lynchburg-hillcats.comto listen live to all the action.

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