In the opener of a five-game series at Pringles Park, the Huntsville Stars were shutout by a score of 9-0 against the Jackson Generals on Sunday night. The Huntsville bats were only able to manage five total hits against the best pitching staff statistically in the Southern League. Generals starter Andrew Carraway cruised to his team-leading fourth win of the season with 5.2 innings of three-hit, scoreless baseball. For the Stars, Dan Merklinger fell to 1-3 on the season after giving up five runs and six hits in 5.0 innings pitched. On offense, second basemen Scooter Gennett was a rare bright spot for Huntsville, as he went 2-for-4 with a double. For Huntsville, Sunday's loss was the third time they've been shutout all season.
Game two of a five-game series will take place on Monday as the Stars will send highly-touted RHP Tyler Thornburg (3-0, 1.80 ERA) on the hill to get back on the winning track. The Generals will counter with a starting pitcher that is yet to be determined. First pitch is at 7:05 PM.
Also, before the game, the Huntsville Stars and Milwaukee Brewers announced a handful of roster moves.
Infielders Jeff Bianchi and Andy Gonzalez were promoted to Triple-A Nashville. Bianchi was .351 (27-77) four doubles and six RBIs. He was second in the Southern League in average behind Jacksonville’s Jake Smolinski. Gonzalez was batting .322 (28-87) with four doubles, three home runs and 14 RBIs. He just ended a 14-game on-base streak yesterday.
To replace the open roster spots, infielder Juan Sanchez has been promoted from Brevard County for the second time this season. He will join the team tomorrow in Jackson.
With these moves, the Stars active roster sits at 24, one below the Sothern League limit.
Courtesy Huntsville Stars Media Relations