Aguilar's go-ahead single lifts K-Tribe

Kinston rallies, then wins in 11 to tie up Carolina League series

Jesus Aguilar hit .284 with 23 homers and 82 RBIs at two levels in 2011. (Emily Jones/

By Danny Wild / | September 8, 2011 9:04 PM

Jesus Aguilar's go-ahead RBI single sparked a two-run go-ahead rally in the 11th inning on Thursday as Class A Advanced Kinston outlasted Myrtle Beach, 8-6, to claim Game 2 of their Carolina League semifinal series.

After trading zeros for seven straight innings, the Indians finally broke through in the 11th when Bo Greenwell hit a leadoff single and was sacrificed over by Adam Abraham. Pelicans reliever Trevor Hurley intentionally walked Jeremie Tice to face Aguilar, who lined a clutch single to center field for the lead.

Casey Frawley followed with an RBI single to plate Tice, a play that ended with Aguilar getting thrown out at the plate.

Preston Guilmet slammed the door in the bottom of the 11th, working a 1-2-3 inning to help Kinston even the series at a game apiece.

Japanese right-hander Toru Murata picked up the win after pitching a scoreless 10th for Kinston. Hurley took the loss, charged with two runs on three hits and a pair of walks over three frames.

The Pelicans stormed out to a big lead in the first inning thanks to a costly error and a three-run homer by Chris McGuiness. Myrtle Beach loaded the bases when Leury Garcia reached on a fielding error by Indians third baseman Adam Abraham. Jared Prince and Travis Adair walked, and Garcia and Prince scored on Abraham's second fielding error of the frame. McGuiness followed with his shot to left.

Delvi Cid's RBI single capped a two-run rally in the second and Tyler Cannon's grand slam in the fifth gave Kinston a brief 6-5 lead, but Myrtle Beach knotted the game in the bottom of the frame when Adair came home on Zach Zaneski's double-play grounder.

Neither starter lasted long and neither recorded a strikeout -- Pelicans lefty Chad Bell went 2 2/3 innings and was charged with six runs on eight hits and two walks. He hit a pair of batters and allowed one longball.

Francisco Jimenez didn't fare any better, departing after recording just two outs in the first. All five of his runs were unearned on three hits and two walks.

Danny Wild is an editor for This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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