Last night I got to attend a Kinston double header (7 innings each). It was great (the games were played in Woodbridge, VA, just outside DC). The weather was perfect, but nippy.
Kinston played the Potomac Nationals (P-Nats) in their cozy stadium which seats about 4,000. About a third of the crowd turned out to be Kinston fans.
Kinston won both games: 5-1, 11-6. I got to watch Aubrey, Head, Barton, Whitney, Goleski, Crowe, Choy Foo, and others who rarely get noticed (example: Argenis Reyes, 2B).
I also got to see a balk called (on Soto), the first I've ever seen...
Kinston is 22-9 (.710) and are a disciplened team with a lot of talent. Ness (3-0, 2.53)pitched the first game and pitched a great game until the 6th(!) when he lost some composure and Santos (0.00) finished it. Laffey (3.07) started the second game but only lasted three innings, followed by Soto (easily exciteable), Knippschild (a lefty who throws so hard most pitches eluded the catcher!), and Burton, who looked good despite his 6.17 ERA.
The first game started at 6:05. I had to drive 30 miles in rush-hour so I got there a bit late. I sat down just as the 4th inning was getting started and the K-Tribe immediately put four on the scoreboard for me (4-0), for which I was grateful!
Attendance was 971, but I was one of only 29 fans left when the second game ended just a few minutes before midnight!
Kinston plays 7 games in Frederick, MD, in the coming weeks and a few more in Potomac (Woodbridge) soon after, so anyone in the DC area should have plenty of opportunities to see some good baseball this summer.
If you're sick of watching overpaid, complacent players stink up the joint, it's time to switch to the Kinston Indians.